Matrix Winery Sonoma Amicis Tours
Matrix is an Artisan Winery in the making. This vineyard benefits from cool afternoon river breezes creating the perfect climate for pinot noir grapes. Planting new vines on this undulating hillside property gave Ken and Diane Wilson a chance to grow in the Russian River Valley and to producer award winning Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay and bordeaux blends.
Located in the Russian River valley off West side road in Healdsburg, California.
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Honored as Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2008, and winning multiple back-to-back Sonoma County Harvest Fair and San Francisco Chronicle Sweepstakes, Diane Wilson has shot to the forefront of the Sonoma County wine industry. These highly–regarded awards, coupled with dozens of 90+ scores and over 100 Gold Medals, demonstrate Diane's strong track record as an outstanding winemaker.
Diane describes her winemaking style as unorthodox. “My goal is to maximize the fruit flavor of the grape, making sure each wine has a front, a middle and a back, so it produces a full, rich mouth feel. To do this, it is all about balance. It is about having the right amount of skin contact during fermentation to extract flavor and color without getting too much tannin. It is about leaving the wine to age in barrels for the ideal length of time to soften the tannins awhile adding the flavor of oak without overpowering the delicate flavors of the fruit."
With wines named after each of her three children, Diane’s biggest passion in life is her wonderful family.
Diane, a native Californian, cherishes her high-energy lifestyle that includes raising children, making wine at Wilson, Matrix and deLorimier Wineries, as well as taking an active role in the community.
Ken, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, is robust and passionate about his vineyards and wineries. It was Ken’s wisdom and vision that created the diversity of vineyard sources over the years. These vineyards provide the premium quality fruit that has brought notable recognition to the Wilson Family Wine Estates wineries.
Practices & Techniques
With our focus on labor-intensive, hands on farming practices we produce low-yield vineyards that result in grapes marked by astounding concentrations of flavors— thus creating wines that are powerful yet elegant.
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Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley off River Road, R. Buoncristiani Vineyards is surrounded by dozens of renowned Pinot Noir vineyards.Ron Buoncristiani planted seven acres in 2002 with clones 115 and 777. Ron’s vineyard has Mollisol soil with abundant organic matter in the topsoil and subsurface layers. Both the drainage and heat retention in this type of soil is excellent. The soil and clone types coupled with the strong maritime fog influences allow the grapes to slowly ripen, creating those deep, rich Pinot Noir characteristics.
Nunes Vineyard is an expression of Fred and Wendy Nunes’ passion for growing Pinot Noir. Their home is surrounded by the vines, and by farming the vineyard themselves, they know every plant.
The vineyard is in the middle region of the Russian River Valley, where the summer fog rolls in from the coast and bumps against the eastside hills, making it perfect for growing Pinot Noir grapes. It occupies the last of an alluvial bench at the foothills, just east of Hwy 101 at Shiloh Road. The bench land is a gentle diagonal slope featuring forty-three acres of silty clay loam. Planted in spring of 2000, the 10 blocks of Pinot Noir are cane pruned on a split vertical trellis, one of the tallest and thinnest in the county. The trellis system allows the right amount of sunlight and air through the canopy as if the fruit were hanging on a clothesline.
The sun usually breaks first over this vineyard leaving it ringed by fog and creating a mesoclimate slightly more temperate than many other areas of the appellation. Over the years, the vineyard has often been warmer during cold spikes, and cooler during heat spikes than many other vineyards in the area. The natural air conditioning allows the grapes to retain their acid, but the growing season tends to be earlier and longer.Combine weather, silty clay loam, 10 different vineyard blocks, four different Pinot Noir clones on SO4 rootstock, and Nunes' meticulous viticultural practices, and you get unique distinctive grapes that produce rich, flavor-layered Pinot Noir that has wine lovers taking notice.
Stuhlmuller Vineyards is nestled in a river bench and hillside location on the southwestern edge of the Alexander Valley, near the Chalk Hill and the Russian River Valley appellation boundaries. The vineyard’s alluvial and rocky soils, and fog-influenced microclimate provide the ideal environment for growing exceptional Chardonnay.