Ketcham Estate is a 17.5-acre property located in Healdsburg California right in the heart of the Russian River Valley appellation. We have a lovely creek that meanders through the property about eight months a year, giving the vines a wonderful water table towards which they can stretch their roots. The dirt in the vineyard is a rich, red loam that the vines love. The vineyard manager, Roberto Ordaz, his wife Margarita and their children live in a 100-year-old house on the property and have for 30 years. The Ordaz Family adds a lot of love and care to the property.
Our vineyard has the terroir that Pinot Noir loves; warm, sunny days, and the cooler nights brought in by the breeze from the Pacific Ocean. Terroir is French for "a sense of place," but has come to mean the combination of land, weather and other things that give the grapes, and thus, the wine, a distinct flavor and palate. Russian River appellation wines are known for their wonderful, distinct flavor and taste.
Our vineyard has a broad selection of Pinot Noir clones (the top part of the vines that bear the fruit), which gives us a palate from which we blend our wines. We grow the following clonal types of Pinot Noir: 115, 626, 777, 828, and Pommard 4. When you put this kind of diverse palate in the hands of a winemaker like Tami Collins, you get a wonderful alchemy that creates art in a bottle.