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.
Situated amongst the redwoods, the Russian River Valley is known for producing some of the finest cool-climate wines in the world. One of three vineyards in our Monopole Vineyard collection, Alana, was planted in 2010 with just under 4 acres dedicated to pinot noir. With its unique microclimates, varied topography, and fertile soil, we are fortunate to have established this precious vineyard in such a renowned area. Maturing beautifully since its planting, each grape is robust with aromas and flavors, allowing us to craft a bottle of exceptional quality.
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.
This year’s pinot noir speaks to the richness of the soil with notes of plums, blackberry bramble, and a hint of cola and red tea. This wine is an instant classic.