Hawkeye Ranch, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County
The Hawkeye Ranch vineyard site is home to the organically-certified heritage Carignan vines that we are fortunate enough to work with in our Farmers Jane Field Red. This vineyard is stunning in a naturalistic yet unpretentious way, and has been farmed by the Johnston family for five generations.
Redwood Valley is very far north for a California appellation; and Hawkeye Ranch sits at 722ft elevation, in the upper reaches of the Russian River Drainage in Mendocino County. The soil type is Pinole Gravelly Loam, providing excellent drainage whilst promoting low vigor. These vines are mixed plantings ranging from 60-80 years old, and crop load and vine vigor are naturally balanced to promote slow, steady fruit maturation.
This vineyard, located in the eastern Santa Ynez valley, was planted in the fall of 1999. It is comprised of approximately 250 acres of vines, with variatals ranging from Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre and Cinsault, to Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Marsanne and Rousanne.
The Chumash tribe of Native Americans purchased their tribal land back from Fess Parker in 2010, and they continue to farm the grapes in accordance with sustainable practises. Buffalo roam alongside the vineyard, and a tribal blessing precludes the harvest each year. We currently source Grenache, Grenache Blanc, Rousanne, Marsanne and Cinsault from here.