Velvet Sisters Vineyard

In the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, some local residents speak an obscure dialect of English known as Boontling, developed in the late 1800s. The "Velvet Sisters" are local historical figures who, in Boontling lore, became known for wearing plush, velvety dresses that they had purchased on a trip to British Columbia.

We receive grapes from a small hillside vineyard block at the "Deep End" of the Anderson Valley that we call "Velvet Sisters" in tribute to the Anderson Valley history and the wine's plush velvety texture. This vineyard, located near the town of Philo, is planted to the Dijon clone 115 and the Pommard clones of Pinot Noir. We feel this vineyard and the aforementioned clones are influential in producing a wine with lively fruit aromas and a silky texture, exemplary of the best of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

Velvet Sisters Vineyard


Wines From This Vineyard

2017 Hartford Court Velvet Sisters Vineyard Pinot Noir


"Pale to medium ruby-colored - wow - the 2017 Pinot Noir Velvet Sisters explodes with perfumed red and black cherries, candied violets, and chocolate box plus touches of rose hip tea, sauteed herbs, and tilled soil.  Medium-bodied, the palate possesses wonderful vibrance and freshness, with a plush, fine-grained texture and a long, savory finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, February 2020