The Effect of Redwood Valley Soil & Terrain
The Effect of Redwood Valley’s “Redvine” Soil on Wine Production
While there are traces of this soil in surrounding areas, nowhere does it dominate to the extent it does in Redwood Valley. Manzanita has a distinctive red color and is highly desirable for growing varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc. It drains well, forcing roots deep into the ground.
This is one of the primary reasons for the complex flavors and aromas that wines from the AVA are known for. Another important influence on the region’s geology is the Russian River. It runs through the Redwood Valley on its way south.
Over the ages, the Russian River and erosion from the hills have added an alluvial quality to the AVA’s geology. These soils are known as Pinole Gravelly Loam and also have a high viticultural value. Much of valley’s voluptuous Pinot Noir is grown on land influenced by these processes.
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