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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This is the inaugural vintage of our new Monarch Pinot Noir and is a moment in Three Sticks’ history that is not to be missed. This wine blends the best of the best from our estate vineyards to create a rich and earthy pinot noir. Monarch butterflies are considered the king of butterflies, and many consider them the most beautiful in the world. They are supremely delicate, symbolizing light and life, yet represent strength, endurance, spirituality, trust, transformation, and evolution. Monarch butterflies are also the magical creatures that delight our landscape throughout Sonoma and California as they migrate throughout their lives.
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.
In this bottling, you’ll recognize blackberry, plum, and red currant, complemented by wild strawberry and fir. Influences of the diverse terroir of Sonoma County can be identified as a core pillar in this wine – the iconic sea spray minerality keeps this wine bright and lively and it was love at first sip.