In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan Flowers purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean along the Sonoma Coast. They introduced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with the intent of creating terroir driven wines that carry the specific essence of this unique region.
Flowers wines are a reflection of the unique climate, soils, ocean proximity, exposures and rugged nature of the extreme Sonoma Coast. The Pacific Ocean is just 2 miles from our estate vineyards at Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View Ridge generating cooling sea breezes and coastal fog to create an ideal growing environment for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
“There is a spirit of adventure — this region is attractive to people who like being challenged by physical environments outdoors, because we are doing it on a daily basis out here; it’s wilderness winemaking” — Chantal Forthun, Winemaker
Minimal intervention in the cellar leads to purity of flavor, complexity and true balance of wines. The result is distinctive minerality, fresh acidity, bright fruit character and a hint of coastal salinity. Wines that speak to place.
“If there is an American Pinot Noir more profound, I haven’t tasted it … ” — Matt Kramer, Writer for the Wine Spectator