Russian River Partners Acquires Platt Vineyard
Eric Flanagan, owner of Flanagan Vineyards, leads investment fund Russian River Partners in the acquisition of the highly acclaimed Platt Vineyard. Platt is located in the Sonoma Coast appellation and is widely regarded as one of the top Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards in California.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to purchase an exceptional vineyard such as Platt. Sites of this caliber are extremely rare,” says Eric Flanagan. “Lew and Joan Platt did a world class job creating the vineyard blocks and planting the vines back in 2003 and 2004. We believe Platt may be the greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard in California.”
In addition to being a key new source for the Flanagan Vineyards’ vineyard designated wine program, Platt Vineyard will continue to supply grapes to current buyers Littorai, Ramey, RadioCoteau, Scherrer and Red Car. The Platt Vineyard is comprised of Pinot Noir (17 acres), Chardonnay (13 acres), and Riesling (1.5 acres).
Clonal Diversity: Pinot Noir: Calera, Pommard 5, Swan, 115, 123, 777, 828 Chardonnay: Wente, 548
The Platt Vineyard is located five miles from the Pacific off the Bodega Highway, midway between the towns of Sebastopol and Bodega Bay. The vineyard is perched on a south-facing slope, overlooking the Estero Americano (which funnels cooling marine weather to the Sacramento delta via the Petaluma Gap). The 31+ vine acres range from 400’ to 800’ in elevation and are planted on well-drained slopes in Goldridge Fine Sandy Loam soil. The site has a superb micro-climate, offering just the right amount of warmth during the day and cool nights, which leads to intensely focused and fruited wine with strong natural acidity
About Flanagan Vineyards
Flanagan Vineyards is committed to making great wines from the best vineyards in Sonoma County. Founded in 1999, Flanagan Vineyards got its start with the purchase of 40 acres on the side of Bennett Mountain. Their wine program grew in 2011 with the addition of a small vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Flanagan has recently added vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cuvees from top vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast appellations. To learn more about Flanagan, please visit :www.flanaganwines.com.
** Note: This piece is prelude to a deeper look into Flanagan Wines, stay tuned!