|CALIFORNIA’S SONOMA COAST
Regarded by winemakers and critics alike as the "New Frontier of
Excellence," California’s Sonoma Coast is ripe with potential.
The combination of superb marine-influenced climate, scarcity of
plantable land, and proven track record for producing top quality
grapes have catapulted this region into the forefront of American
winemaking and the region’s wines are a "must have" for the
An aficionado and craftsman of provocative and richly flavored
Pinot Noirs, Thomas Brown came across a rare vineyard opportunity
in the heart the region and, along with partners Fred
Schrader and Mr. Big, founded Aston Estate in 2001.
|ASTON ESTATE VINEYARD
Located approximately five miles and two ridge lines in from the
coast, the vineyard benefits from the cooling effects of the ocean,
yet is situated just outside the fog line, so days are long and
warm. The vineyard faces southwest and thrives in a microclimate
typified by full-sun days and average-plus temperatures
that are a standout in the otherwise cooler Sonoma Coast
A dream opportunity, Thomas oversaw the cultivation of this
prime 40-acre site and selected the ideal complement of Dijon
clones to suit the Goldridge Loam soil and moderate temperatures
of the Brushy Creek Loop microclimate. Today, Thomas manages
all vineyard activities ensuring optimum crop-yield and quality
goals are achieved.
|RICH SOIL & PREMIUM DIJON CLONES
We carefully selected and planted the site with three premium
"Dijon" clones of Burgundian origin. Each clone contributes
unique character and strength to the blend and the trio delivers
the perfect complement for our program.
Clone 115 (northeast block) brings complex, big fruit character
with powerhouse structure, and multi-layered texture; Clone
667 (southeast block) provides rich, black fruit flavors, spicy
notes, great palate weight, and completeness; Clone 777
(northwest block) delivers a big bang of lush, seductive aromatics,
open approachability, and wildly intense fruit concentration.
True to their esteemed origin, these ethereal Pinot Noirs reveal the amazing synergy that exists between
the winemaker, the vineyard, and the forces of nature.
ASTON ESTATE • POST OFFICE BOX 1014 CALISTOGA CA 94515 • T 707 942 1540 F 707 942 1572