From our mountain vineyard that overlooks the Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticultural Area, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery produces limited quantities of single vineyard, Estate grown, cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinotage. With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean less than one mile away, the vineyard is divided into 32 separate blocks, one-half to two acres in size, that range in elevation from 1700 down to 1200 feet above sea level. Owners, Lester and Linda Schwartz with their small crew began preparing the 52 acre vineyard in 1994. It took them 4 years of preparation before they could begin planting. The year 2000 marked the first vintage from the Fort Ross Vineyard.
92 Points - Wine Advocate
The 2017 Pinotage Estate Fort Ross Vineyard has a medium to deep ruby color and very pretty scents of garrigue, dust, peppercorn and amaro over a core of roasted cranberries and red cherries plus notes of cola and woodsmoke. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the spiced, earthy fruits, with a chalky frame and great freshness, finishing long. Impressive! If you enjoy Pinot Noir or Grenache in a pleasantly rustic style, this may be for you.