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.
Pronounced “Wa-la-la” overlooking the town of Gualala…also pronounced Walala by the locals, this wine is almost as fun to say as it is to drink. Out of the three estates that comprise the Heritage vineyards of Three Sticks, this is closest to the ocean- sitting just 6 miles from the coast. Walala is perched above the coast, sometimes happily at the fog line, so it enjoys enough warmth to ripen year after year. Located in what purists would call the “true,” wild, westernmost part of the Sonoma Coast AVA, our Walala is the epitome of vitality and vigor.
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 wine captures the spirit of the coast with a spicy nose that lingers briefly before savory caramelized pecans, strawberry compote, and a hint of pink peppercorn blend together to enchant you. Walala always steals the show.