- Sonoma Valley
- Location Notes
- Historical Producers
Bedrock, Ravenswood, Carlisle
Spice, vibrant red fruits, hints of orange peel in
wines, vibrancy, bright acidity.
The vineyard site, known as Madrone Ranch, was
originally planted in 1854 by General William
“Tecumseh” Sherman and General “Fightin” Joe
It later passed into the hands of George
Whitman and then to the former American
China Eli T. Shepherd. In the final two years of his
oversight, from 1886-1888 the first vines on
were planted at the vineyard, though this was
hybrid Lenoir which was not totally resistant.
George Hearst purchased the property in 1888
planted most of the vines that exist today, one of
first to be planted on rootstock in the state due
connections with the University of California.