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Location: Anderson Valley, California

Philo Estate Vineyard 

In the early 1900s, the Pinoli family were among the first to plant Vitis vinifera vines in the Anderson Valley.

Hans and Theresia Kobler then purchased the property in 1969 and planted the vineyard to Pinot Noir and Riesling.

In 1998, the Koblers sold the ranch to the Chandler family, who sold it to Don and Rhonda Carano in 2008. The Caranos added a reservoir to irrigate and protect against frost, built a modern winery and tasting room and planted additional acreage of Pinot Noir. The winery was finished in 2013.

In the summer of 2019, we acquired the beautiful winery facility with 38 acres of Pinot Noir vineyard to be the home of our beloved Monument Tree Vineyard and Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs. With quality always a top priority, this is an important step towards continuous improvement, allowing us to crush our grapes closer to the source.

Anderson Valley AVA

The Anderson Valley AVA is carved into the west side of Mendocino County, a small narrow valley with steep hillside slopes that can reach up to 2,000 feet on either side.

This coastal area receives double the rainfall that Sonoma County typically experiences in a year, and its low-fertility soils produce grapes known for an intense yet delicate flavor profile. The cool air and fog which funnel into the region from the Pacific Ocean are ideal for allowing Pinot Noir grapes to ripen slowly, helping to keep acid development in balance with sugar and flavor formation.

Elevation

480 feet

Aspect

Southwest

Total Acreage

38 acres

Slope and Soil

Well-drained loam with sedimentary rock

Climate

Fog: Maritime conditions like fog and wind create lower temperatures

Temperature: Cool—synonymous with the “deep end” of the Anderson Valley

Wind: Funneled winds are strong, but the site is well-protected

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