Lula Cellars Pinot Noir Vineyard

The vineyard our Pinot Noir comes from is a hidden jewel in the mountain town of Comptche, which is located ten miles east of the village of Mendocino, at the 700-foot elevation. The vineyard, which was planted in 1998, has three different clones of Pinot Noir, which are the Pommard, Dijon #115 and Dijon #777.

During the growing season, the cool late afternoon ocean air comes in and the temperature drops dramatically. This temperature drop is what gives us an extended growing season as it allows the grapes to ripen at a slower pace.

Mountain vineyards have lower yields per acre than the valley floor vineyards. Our grape tonnage never exceeds two tons an acre because the vines don't have deep rich soils to grow in. We also dry farm the vines after the grapes have gone through verasion. This deficit watering makes the grape skins thicker, which in turn give the finished wine deeper flavor.