Our Heritage Vineyards, including Durell, Gap’s Crown, and Walala, are the cornerstone of exceptional pinot noir and chardonnay. These renowned sites have become iconic vineyards in California, showcasing their legacy and greatness. At Three Sticks, amongst select producers, honor their history while forging a path of continued success for future generations crafting beautiful wines.
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Our Casteñada Red is a special, annual tribute to the first resident of our Adobe home, Don Juan Casteñada. The Adobe was built in 1842 and restored by Three Sticks in 2012. With over 180 years of history in our hometown, we take great pleasure in sharing a piece of history with you each year. Our Casteñada Red is a true field blend of Rhône varieties from our Heritage vineyard, Durell.
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 vintage has raspberry and violet notes sprinkled over a blueberry pie, with just a hint of umami and pepper. We only make a handful of barrels of this unique bottling, and it always is gone too soon.