LOST CANYON WINERY

Lost Canyon Winery is focused on producing small lots of vineyard-designated Pinot Noir and Syrah. Our grapes come from some of the finest vineyards in the Russian River, Sonoma Coast, and Los Carneros appellations. Our production size is small, approximately 2,000 cases annually, and our goal is to produce world-class finest wines. We are committed to creating a cool climate, vineyard-designated, Pinot Noir, and Syrah.

In order to create world-class finest wines, we have partnered with some of the best growers in Sonoma County. Expectations and standards that we put in front of our partners are high, and we care only about organic ways and sustainability. We don’t want to control the development of the grapes, change the ways of nature, we want to cherish and promote the old ways, the ways of our fathers. While creating our wines we want to create purity, and beauty out of simplicity. We share the same passion and love for our wines, for the complexity and delicacy of extraordinary Pinot Noir, and the magical attributes of our cool climate complex bodied Syrahs. We are welcoming you to enjoy the wines that we created with love and respect.

OUR VINEYARDS

Alegria Vineyard is in the Russian River Valley, near the town of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. Their supreme wine production dates for over a century. Their grapes are lusciously fruity, complex, and balanced. Cool nights and foggy mornings are providing a long growing season that is ideal for premium quality wines.

Saralee’s Vineyard site is in the Russian River Valley appellation. Their rich and fertile soil that is composed of sand-clay-loam matches extremely well with Pinot Noir vines. The vineyard has a Northern/Southern exposure and its 150 ft above the sea level, so not only that it’s amazing for growing grapes it also provides amazing sites. You can visit Saralee’s Vineyard to taste vine, have a nice tour and perhaps fly a GPS drone and get amazing videos and photos of charming Russian River Valley.

Catie’s Corner is another Saralee Kunde vineyard and is named after her daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Kunde. Its location is also in the Russian River Valley planted in 9.3 acres of 01 Condrieu clone. We started to produce our first wines from this vineyard in 2005.

Las Brisas Vineyard is located in Carneros in Sonoma County and they are on the farthest south of the appellations in Sonoma and Napa. They have the perfect weather qualities for growing exceptional Pinot Noir; temperatures are not nearly high as those in the north, the fog lingers longer, and the wind blows more frequently. Pinot Noir made by their grapes is deeper in color, flavor and it’s definitely complex.

Trenton Station Vineyard is Saralee’s newest addition and our new grapes supplier. The vineyard is 46.5 acres in size with plantings of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah. From this vineyard, we will be creating intense flavored Syrah. The location of the vineyard is in the Russian River Valley.

Stage Gulch Vineyard is located on a hill near the Petaluma Gap, Sonoma County, and it’s one of the coolest growing regions that are always amongst the last fruit to ripen. The good thing about the cool climate is that it allows you long growing season, which is amazing for the flavor components of the grapes. The Syrah that we produce from this vineyard is dark in color with soft textures, exceptional balance, and intense flavors.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SYRAH

Syrah wine, which is also known as Shiraz, or Syracruse( a city in Sicily that was powerful during the ancient Greek) is a popular red wine grown in France, familiar for its aromatic notes of smoke and spice( cured meat, bacon fat, tobacco, herbs, pepper spice, olive, vanilla, mint, licorice, clove, rosemary, chocolate, allspice)  and black fruit (black plums, blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry). It has a title as one of the darkest full-bodied red wines in the world, and has a flavor of dark fruit, from sweet blueberry to savory black olive, and then has a spicy peppery note in the aftertaste. It is often blended with grapes that add more mid-palate, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, light-bodied Grenache, and richer Mourvedre. Because of its thick skin and high tannin, it is a practice of winemakers to cold soak Syrah grape for days, or even weeks, which increases color and fruitiness in wine, and reducing hard tannin and herbaceous flavors. Some of the most expensive Syrah in the world are from the 340 + acre appellation called Hermitage, famous for its floral and smoky aromas of blackberry and grilled meat.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PINOT NOIR

Pinot Noir (French words for pine and black) is the world s most popular light-bodied red wine of the species  Vitis Vinifera, famous for its red fruit ( cherry, raspberry), flower(hibiscus) and spice aromas(mushroom, clove), with a smooth and light finish, and deep flavor, and it’s one of the few red grapes that’s commonly made into red, rosé, white, and sparkling wine!  Pinot Noir grapes tend to prefer more intermediate climates with long, cool growing seasons, and the grape is associated with the Burgundy region of France; a very old wine region and was first tended by Cistercian monks in the Middle Ages. It has a natural ability to be lighter than other red wines and have low tannin, which makes it easy to drink with just any meal, for example, salmon or some other fatty fish, roasted chicken, duck, beef, or pasta dishes, are a great choice! When young, pinot noir wine tends to have red fruit aromas, but As the wine ages, pinot has more vegetal and “barnyard” aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine.

SONOMA COUNTY- WHY IS IT GOOD FOR WINE?

Sonoma County is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, that has the state’s oldest commercial winery-Buena Vista, and the oldest family winery – Gundlach- Bundschu, that is famous for so many things, especially for its vineyards and the amazing wines that win gold medals in competitions all around the world, with a wide range of varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, Semillon and Zinfandel. You may wonder what the secret is? Well, in two things: climate and soil. Sonoma County is a region famous for its vineyards, with 50-plus miles of Pacific coastline, valleys and hills, which combinations of microclimates, topography, soil types, and conditions known as terroir (a French word that means “land”),  helps to preserve acidity and complexity in the wines, and creating daily temperature swings of 40 degrees or more, that are ideal for grapes flavor development. This region is truly a gem, not only for a vine but for every nature lover. The region attracts numerous visitors throughout the year for wine tastings, hiking, and it’s a perfect place to capture romantic pictures of the Californian sunset from ‘the above’ with a camera drone.