The Walala Vineyard is a very cool-climate site, which lends itself an entirely different personality than the Sun Chase Pinot Noir. Darker aromas of mushroom, soy, black tea, licorice, cola, and blackberry all gain a beautiful freshness with time in the glass. The palate opens with a seamless transition from front to back, and exposes elements of black cherry and plums with a lingering acidity.
Walala comes from the Kashaya Pomo Indian saying, "where the water flows down," a reference to the local Gualala River and nearby town of Gualala, which resides at the mouth of the Gualala River. This heavily maritime-influenced vineyard is on the extreme edge of Pinot Noir viticulture. A 17-acre vineyard, Walala lies in the middle of 19,000 acres of pristine forestland, where at the 1,200 feet, a world-class Pinot Noir is produced. Goldridgefine, sandy loam and gravelly Hugo loam soils comprise this welldrained vineyard estate.