sangiacomo vineyards: like many of california’s greatest vineyards, sangiacomo family vineyards of sonoma county started as a humble fruit orchard before its proprietor vittorio sangiacomo had the wisdom to covert to vines. three generations later the family continues to grow some of california’s best cool climate pinot noir grapes to the appreciation of many successful winemakers. ancillary cellars is honored to harvest pinot noir grapes from the roberts road vineyard and chardonnay from the green acres vineyard.
the roberts road vineyard is bordered on the northern edge by copeland creek, the vines were first planted in 1998 and utilize different clone and rootstock combinations for exceptional quality and balance – our pinot noir fruit is a combination of pommard and dijon clones. this special terroir bridges the gap between the old sonoma riverbed vineyards and its modern hillside approach.
the green acres vineyard is nestled between sonoma and fowler creeks south of the town of sonoma. this was sangiacomo’s first vineyard that was planted back in 1969 with chardonnay wente clone, five acres of which still exist. our chardonnay fruit comes from this section.
sun chase vineyard: this 40 acre vineyard sits between 900 and 1200 feet on the western slope of sonoma mountain in the desirable petaluma gap region of the sonoma coast ava. utilizing french pinot noir clones, the site benefits from cool pacific breezes and early morning fog in the vineyard, allowing the grapes to fully ripen while retaining fruit acidity and a fresh, vibrant Californian style.
desmond vineyard – russian river : Located on Starr Road in the Russian River Valley AVA, the Desmond Vineyard is unique field planting of Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 nestled between a mixture of native oak a seasonal creek. While the vineyard receives full sun throughout the growing season, the regular intrusion of cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean makes this a perfect location for growing exceptional Pinot Noir that produces wines that are vibrant in color, lively in acidity, and marked by the telltale flavors of cherry and berry .