Russian River, Sonoma, CA- Aromas of ripe cherry, plum and chocolate are complimented by spice tones of anise and clove. The combination of fruit and oak spice is flashy but grounded by Burgundian notes of earth and warm brioche.
Sonoma-Loeb’s story begins 25 years ago with then U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, John Loeb. He fell in love with wine and began growing Chardonnay and Pinot noir in the Russian River Valley and the Alexander Valley. A nod to his diplomatic past, the label features a coat of arms bestowed on him by the Queen of Denmark and the Queen of England.
Phillip Titus has been making wines for Sonoma-Loeb since he was just out of college in 1990. Over the years he’s made many highly rated wines using state-of-the-art facilities and a traditional approach. Phillip embodies the saying found on the wine’s label: "Voluntas est Via," meaning where there’s a will there’s a way.
The Russian River Valley extends just south of the town of Healdsburg to the San Pablo Bay in the west. It has the coolest climate of all the regions in Sonoma because of the fog traveling up the Russian River from the ocean. The climate makes the Russian River Valley prime Chardonnay and Pinot Noir country. Both grape varieties thrive here with a lush, rich intensity of fruit flavors rarely found in other places. The cooler climate creates the ideal conditions to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with more intense forward fruit, lovely crispness and acidity with great balance and length. This Russian River Valley appellation is truly one of the shining stars of Sonoma.