McFadden Farm

After years of searching for the ideal site from which to make their first Riesling, Mike and Anne found what they were looking for on Guinness McFadden’s ranch high in the mountains of Potter Valley in Mendocino County. Located at an elevation of approximately 2,500 feet, adjacent to the headwaters of the Russian River, this organically certified vineyard possesses thin, rocky soils and enjoys a distinctive microclimate that produces grapes with excellent natural acidity. The high altitude results in moderately warm days and cool nights, which allow the fruit to ripen slowly and to develop complex flavors. Grown in this microclimate, McFadden’s roughly 20-year-old vines produce bright, crisp and clean Riesling that captures the purity of its mountain-vineyard terroir with vibrant flavors of apricot, orange, honeysuckle and spice. This vineyard also contains an unusual block of cool-climate zinfandel from which the newest Dashe wine—the L’Enfant Terrible—is created.  The zinfandel, when fermented on the native yeast found naturally on the grapes, makes a complex yet delicate wine that is reminiscent of the best wines of the Beaujolais region of France.