Vineyards

El Diablo Vineyard

“Diversity, even within a varietal, leads to a wine greater than the sum of its parts.” This is the best description Winemaker Jeff Gaffner can give for El Diablo Vineyard, source of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Grenache for Ram’s Gate Winery. Within the rolling hillside Russian River site, vine rows planted on both parallel and perpendicular terraces translate to this diversity, even within a single variety: varying clones, soil types, drainage levels and exposures build complexity into each El Diablo vineyard designated wine.

The vines are tended by Ulises Valdez’s vineyard management company, one that grew from the acclaimed grower’s sheer determination and passion for place. The Chardonnay is composed of three clones in equal parts, harvested and fermented together to create a clonal profile that varies slightly from year to year. The Pinot Noir rows from which we receive fruit sits slightly higher than the Chardonnay vines, and the resulting wine is highly structured with bright fruit characteristics and wilted floral notes.

Vineyard Specifications

Appellation
Russian River Valley
Soil Type
Gravelly and Sandy Loam with Tight Clay Subsoil
Vine Training
Cane Pruned
Aspect
Hillside
Varieties
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache
Clones
Chardonnay: Wente, Montrachet, Robert Young; Pinot Noir: VR & Pommard; Grenache: Alban Selection

Wines

From El Diablo Vineyard


Growers

Ulises Valdez


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