In hilly terrain and only 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Flatridge Ranch grows heritage Zinfandel vines at 1,100 feet elevation in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The Pacific Ocean is less than 10 miles to the west, influencing the daytime shifts in temperature. The elevation and coastal weather give rise to a longer growing season, allowing full flavor development.

Flatridge Ranch

Acreage: 10 planted

Site: 1,100 feet elevation, southern exposure

Soils: rich, red volcanic

Year planted: 2008

Source of Zinfandel, St. Peter’s Church clone