Although we at Angeline are lucky enough to call the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County our home, we have the unique opportunity to tap into the veritable bounty of distinct and distinguished appellations throughout California. By working closely with our growers from as far south as Santa Barbara County, to the northern reaches of Mendocino, we are able to cultivate outstanding representations of each varietal and location’s individual and defining traits. We take great pride in producing wines that exceed expectations, and that endeavor starts in our vineyards.
Russian River Valley
Very succinctly, the Russian River Valley is our home. But much more than that, it is also home to the entirety of our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, and a sizeable portion of our Pinot Noir vineyards. The appellation is defined by its marine-influenced cool climate, varied river-deposited soils and propensity for producing excellent, world-class varietals. The cool weather usually means a long growing season which, in turn, allows our grapes to reach their full aromatic and flavor potential as they reach their peak ripeness.
The Russian River Valley is not the only highlight inside Sonoma County. The warmer regions of the Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys, bereft of the Russian River’s strong coastal cooling, are ideal for producing robust, prominent Bordeaux varietals. Sonoma Valley itself is divided into low-lying areas where the fog stays late into the day, and high-elevation vineyards that enjoy lengthy hours of warm sun and gentle breezes. This incredibly versatile county provides idyllic conditions for almost any varietal and style.
To the north of us lies another impressively multi-faceted grape growing region within the borders of Mendocino County. Near the coast, the marine influence provides the perfect conditions for cooler climate Burgundy varietals, while the eastern, inland reaches cradle warm, sunny valleys, perfect for wines such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These grapes are often late to harvest, which inevitably leads to wines with superior substance and depth.
Long known as a prominent crop-growing region in our state, Monterey County has grown in recognition as also being a prime producer of exceptional wine grapes. Coastal air from Monterey Bay is filtered into the north of the valley, keeping daytime temperatures low, and providing a constant onshore breeze during the height of summer. The sandy soils and exceptional drainage, coupled with the cool climate, provide ideal stressors to the vines, resulting in ultra-concentrated flavors and aromas.
Santa Barbara County
Our southernmost vineyards lie among the foothills in northwestern Santa Barbara County. Close to the coast, on the western edge of the county, vineyards enjoy temperate and steady weather courtesy of the marine influence. As you move inland, the daytime temperatures increase, but are juxtaposed by very cool nights. Both microclimates produce unique and concentrated fruit, which are the perfect complement to our commitment to varietal integrity.
In recent years, the Paso Robles AVA along the Central Coast has been heralded as one of the fastest growing and most desirable wine producing regions in the state. Its drastically differing microclimates and wide array of soil types have drawn the attentions of both large producers and boutique winemakers alike, in an effort to craft wines with a fruit-forward style exclusive to their origin.