Our Monopole Vineyards were carefully selected for their exceptional soil, terroir, and ideal location. Alana, One Sky, and William James, all small-scale and organic, were established exclusively for Three Sticks, ensuring the precise fruit needed to craft our exceptional pinot noir and chardonnay. These remarkable sites yield wines of which we are immensely proud, consistently delivering excellence year after year.
Three Sticks’ Monopole Vineyards are meticulously selected sites chosen for their soil, terroir, and location to cultivate the perfect fruit for their wines. The Alana Vineyard is our smallest Monopole site, with just 1.5 acres planted to chardonnay and 4 acres of pinot noir. This vintage is a testament to the quality, with rich flavors that transport you to the very place where it was grown. The surrounding redwood forests, blanketed in fog and planted in exceptional soils, play an integral part in the ideal climate for these vines to produce fruit of the highest quality. We consider ourselves extremely lucky to own and farm such a precious vineyard in the world-famous Russian River Valley.
The 2021 vintage began with a very dry winter making early irrigation in the vineyards necessary to counteract the lack of rain. With cooler weather around budbreak and flowering, we saw a fair amount of fluctuation in the timing and development of the grapes. This led to highly variable yields at harvest, which kept our winegrowing team on their toes. Harvest got underway on the last day of August and continued throughout September at a steady, methodical pace. Overall, the fruit was quite enticing, with medium to full body and particularly impressive tannin structures on the Pinots.
With a punch of lush orange and caramel, balanced with hints of freshly made waffle cones, and allspice, this vintage represents our ever-enchanting Alana Vineyard.