Vineyard: Ferrington

OwnerKurt Schoeneman
AppellationAnderson Valley
Story27 acres in Boonville. Kurt Schoeneman has been the owner since 1996. The vineyard was first planted in 1969 by Balvern Vineyards who purchased it when it was part of the much larger Rankin sheep ranch. Dr. Richard Ferrington bought the property in the 1980s, later turning it over to the Shoeneman family. Located between 360 and 440 feet above sea level.
VarietiesChardonnay, Pinot Noir

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2012 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., $46. Released May 1, 2014. Sourced from Monument Tree Vineyard and Ferrington Vineyard. Aged 11 months sur lie in 50% new French oak. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of raspberry coulis, cherry, blackberry, dark chocolate and oak are echoed on the mid weight palate. Pleasant and solid, with good balance and some finish, but nothing stands out. Score: 89. Reviewed July 28, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Arista Ferrington Anderson Valley Gewürztraminer

14.1% alc., pH 3.38, TA 0.58, 225 cases, $28. I don’t usually review this variety, but Arista’s version is a winner and I would like to spread the love. One of the best Alsatian styled Gewürztraminer wines among the very few offered from California. The Ferrington Vineyard is owned by Kurt and heather Schoeneman who purchased the vineyard in 1997. It is planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gewürztraminer, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc, rooted in decomposed sandstone and clay soils. This wine is 85% tank fermented and 15% barrel fermented. · Pale gold color and clear in the glass. Very fragrant with typical aromas of tropical fruits, lychee and spice. Delicious flavors of mango, crabapple, lychee and pear with a sense of minerality in the background. Slightly viscous, lively and bone dry. Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.1% alc., pH 3.52, TA 0.56, $46 (Magnums too, $90). Released April 27, 2013. Sourced from the estate Monument Tree Vineyard and Ferrington Vineyard. · Moderately light reddish-purple hue in the glass. Glorious aromas of fresh black raspberry jam, potpourri and spice. I just love that smell. Really delicious marriage of dark berries and cherries with a subtle mocha note. The ripe fruit really pops, reaching every corner of the mouth, and finishing strong and satisfying. There is an appealing tension and focus to this wine and the satiny texture is captivating. An incredible effort in a difficult vintage and my kudos to winemaker Ben Cane. Still great the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle when my family polished it off. A 2013 All American. Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2011 Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $65. · Moderately dark reddish-purple hue in the glass. This captivating wine really requires study to reveal all its many nuances. Aromas of blackberry, ollaliberry, spice box and toasty oak. Flavors are complex and varied, including earthy dark berries, tar, spice box including cinnamon, fennel, and seasoned oak. Sappy, with a noticeable mid palate grip and tenacity, and a long finish. Beautifully balanced for long term aging. Score: 93. Reviewed December 18, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Philo Ridge Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., 250 cases, $36. Philo Ridge and Ferrington vineyards. Clones 115, 777, 667, Pommard and Wädenswil. Harvest Brix 23.6º. 100% destemmed, 3-day cold soak, proprietary yeasts, basket bladder pressed, aged 25 months in 35% new French oak and the remainder in neutral barrels. Aged in bottle 6 to 8 months. Unfined and unfiltered. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Highly approachable, with aromas of forest floor, herbs and oak, and an array of red fruits on the lean palate which is accented with spice and acid-driven minerality. Score: 88. Reviewed July 28, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Twomey Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.6% alc., pH 3.48, TA 0.61, 1,853 cases, $46. Sourced from Ferrington, Savoy and Monument Tree vineyards. Aged 15 months sur lies in 45% new and 55% once-used French oak barrels. · Moderately light reddish color in the glass. Muted, but pleasing aromas of fresh strawberries, raspberries, dried rose petals and sandalwood. Delicious core of raspberry flavor elevated by brisk acidity, draped in well-proportioned tannins, underlain with a complimentary note of oak and savory herbs, and finishing with a vivid riff of cherry fruit which lingers for a remarkably long time. A seamless wine that is uncommonly refreshing. Tasted against several very good Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs, this was the clear standout. Re-tasted the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle, the wine had become more aromatic and generous in flavor. Irresistable. Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 MacPhail Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.70, TA 0.59, 155 cases, $49. Released spring 2012. 100% de-stemmed, 5-day cold maceration, indigenous fermentations, aged 11 months in 50% new French oak from multiple coopers. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. The fifth vintage from this iconic vineyard and always my favorite MacPhail bottling. Dijon 115 and 777 and Pommard clones. · Medium reddish-purple hue in the glass. The nose is closed for business, offering subtle aromas of tobacco and oak with little dark fruit. Very soft and smooth in the mouth, with full-bodied flavors of black plum, black raspberry and blackberry with a hint of dark chocolate and cola. Very charming fruit that only offers a glimpse of its true potential. Much better integration of oak and a seductive fruit-filled finish. Don’t even think about opening this one for two to three years. Significantly more demonstrative aromatic and flavor presence the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Very good (+). Reviewed July 23, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2010 Arista Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.58, TA 0.61, 216 cases, $58. Released fall 2012. From a 25-acre vineyard just off Highway 128 in Booneville. 100% Pommard clone. Aged in 45% new, 11% 1-year and 44% 2-3-year-old French oak barrels. · Moderately dark reddish-purple color in the glass. The nose starts out with aromas of cherries, cherry skins, stem and smoky oak, evolving over time to reveal aromas of cherries, parchment and dried herbs. Appealing core of black cherry fruit with an earthy, herbal underbelly. Tastes of the soil. Lovely fruit backed by very firm tannins, finishing with a touch of citrusy acid. Still good the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Good. Reviewed December 8, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Philo Ridge Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.69, 455 cases, $32, release June 1, 2012. Sourced from Philo Ridge Vineyards and Ferrington Vineyards. Clones 115, 777, 667, Pommard and 2A. 100% de-stemmed, long cool fermentation, basket pressed, aged 24 months in 35% new French oak barrels. Unfined and unfiltered. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Fragrant with aromas of darker cherries and strawberries with a hint of mocha. Tasty core of mid weight fruit complimented by savory herbs and oak-driven accents, finishing with refreshing acidity. Good (+). Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Londer Vineyards Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $45. · Medium dark red color in the glass. Very vibrant nose, offering hi-tone aromas of earth-kissed, fresh dark red berries with hints of oak and spice. A stellar wine that satisfies with plentiful dark red cherry, raspberry and strawberry flavors accented by savory herbs, and framed by firm, but well-proportioned tannins. Soft in the mouth with impressive length on the red-fruited finish. Everything comes together in this wine: pedigreed fruit, impeccable winemaking, and easy approachability. Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 MacPhail Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 275 cases, $49. Clones 2A, 115 and 777. Aged 11 months sur lies in 40% new French oak. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Oak-driven aromas initially give way over time in the glass to lovely, crushed black cherry fruit scent. Vibrant fruitiness, offering mouthwatering flavors of fresh black cherries and black raspberries lingering on a very long and generous finish. Balanced tannins, a bright cut of acidity, a soft mouth feel, and the slightest dusting of oak in the background. The pedigree of the fruit from this iconic vineyard shows through. Very enjoyable now but has the goods to age well into ten years. Reviewed June 24, 2012 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 Arista Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.1% alc., pH 3.56, TA .62, 213 cases, $56. Released summer 2011. Tucked away off of Highway 128 in Boonville, this 25-acre site is planted to multiple clones of Pinot Noir. Originally planted in the late 1960s, additional plantings occurred in 1998 and more recently. This wine is 100% Pommard clone. Aged in 44% new, 22% 1-year-old and 34% 2-3- year-old French oak barrels. · While the Perli Vineyard Pinot Noir seduces you, the Ferrington Vineyard Pinot Noir overwhelms you. Moderate reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely composed aromas of black raspberries and blackberries touched by oak and loam picking up interest over time in the glass. Endowed with rich tasting earthy black plum and blackberry fruit wrapped in supple tannins. The wine grabs hold of the mid palate, surrounds it and refuses to let go, before finally conceding to a Grand Cru ending that is like a three-hour movie you don't want to end. A beautiful representation of this distinguished vineyard. Reviewed August 13, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2009 MacPhail Vagon Rouge Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., pH 3.73, TA 0.57, 117 cases, $59. 5 hand-selected barrels. Sourced from Toulouse, Wightman House, Frattey Shams, Raye’s Hill and Ferrington vineyards. Aged 11 months in 100% new Tonnellerie Ermitage Medium Toast French oak barrels. · Moderately intense color in the glass. Shy nose offering aromas of cherry crisp, spice, briar and subtle oak. Soft and smooth on the palate with satisfying flavors of red cherries, cardamon spice, and sandalwood enrobed in firm fine-grain tannins. Nicely composed with oak playing a complimentary supporting role. Picks up interest over time in the glass and is even better the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Keep this one under wraps for a couple of years and then plan a special dinner around it. Very Good (+). Reviewed September 2, 2011 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Harmonique Elegancé Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., pH 3.55, TA 0.65, 247 cases, $36. A blend of fruit from Conzelman, Ferrington, Klindt and Wiley vineyards. Clones are primarily Pommard and Wädenswil. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of cherries, baking spice, sandalwood and a new Prada leather coat. Mid weight flavors of cherries and savory herbs. Juicy, with mild tannins and crisp acidity. Seemingly quite fresh albeit six years old. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Harmonique Delicacé Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., pH 3.57, TA 0.61, 422 cases, $44. Wädenswil clone from Ferrington Vineyard, 777 from Klindt Vineyard and Pommard from Conzelman Vineyard. · Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Not as aromatic as the Elegancé, but offering a pleasant array of darker red cherry and berry aromas. A step up in intensity with a hearty core of black cherry fruit complimented by a savory, spicy, chocolaty edge. Very soft in the mouth with a noticeably long finish that sports a bright cut of acidity. Very good. Reviewed June 23, 2013 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Harmonique Delicacé Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 422 cases, $44. Primarily 2A clonefrom Ferrington Vineyard with some 777 clone from Klindt Vineyard and Pommard from Conzelman Vineyards. · Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Welcoming scents of cranberry, strawberry, spice and herbs. Very elegant and light on the palate with a flavorful core of cherry, rhubarb and pomegranate. This wine has aged beautifully and its character definitely fits the name. Score: 90. Reviewed July 28, 2014 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Breggo Cellars Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 390 cases, $55. Released March, 2009. A blend of 777 and Wädenswil clones. 7 day cold soak, 9 day uninoculated primary fermentation, 7 day extended maceration, aged 14 months in 44% new French oak barrels, bottled unfined and unfiltered. · Moderately light reddish-purple color. Somewhat restrained aromas of brambly cherries and berries with balsam. Lightly weighted core of earth-kissed raspberry fruit with zippy acidity, well-collared tannins and deft use of oak. Needs more time in the bottle to reach full expression but holds great promise. Reviewed May 26, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2007 Williams Selyem Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $62. · Simple perfume of crushed cherries, berries and sweet oak. A rich, full-bodied and tasty fruit-driven wine with a little acidic tang on the finish. The tannins are reigned in creating a silky drinking experience. A bit one-dimensional but the sappy fruit flavors will find many fans. Very good. Reviewed February 15, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.0% alc., 524 cases, $54. Released May 2008. The derivation of the name is “para” which is an art classification for a deep cherry-red color and “boll” which is boontling for great. A reserve blend that is sourced from Ferrington and Valley Foothills Vineyards. Wild yeast fermentation, aged 9 months in French oak barrels. · Deep, dark reddish-purple color. A generous core of dark cherry and berry fruit which is complemented by loam, spice, cola, bacon and a hint of nuttiness. Sorting ample tannins and brisk acidity and leaving a little heat in its wake on the richly-fruited finish. Reviewed June 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Londer Vineyards Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., $54. · You can drink it now but it would be infanticide. Shows great promise with ripe fruit aromas, a charming and intense dark berry core and coating tannins. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2006 Breggo Cellars Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., $55. · A decent earth-driven Pinot that features dark Pinot fruits that are light on the palate. Alcohol peaks out on the nose and finish. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 MacPhail Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.24% alc., 325 cases. Clones 2A, 115, 777. Native fermentations, aged 11 months in French oak barrels, unfined and unfiltered. · Attractive aromas of strawberry tart, cola and gentle oak. An earthy wine with plenty of berry fruit, a trace of spice and an undercurrent of greenness. Gossamer tannins and bright acidity. Just o.k. for me. Reviewed June 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Breggo Cellars Ferrington Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 193 cases, $50. Both Wadenswil and Dijon 777 clones. · The aromas of ripe cherries and toasty oak are shy and alcohol peeks out. The texture is fat and opulent with plum and black raspberry flavors and sweet oak. There are prominent oak tannins on the backend which smooth out some with air time. Reviewed February 26, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Londer Vineyrds Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., $54. “Para” is an art classification for a deep cherry-red color. “Boll” translates as “great” in boontling. Sourced from Ferrington and Valley Foothills Vineyards. A reserve blend. · Complex and bright aromatic profile featuring black cherry, ripe strawberry, sage, vanilla and a little funk. A boat-load of herbal-toned dark fruits that are balanced and on keel. Some green tannins persist. Reviewed June 9, 2008 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2005 Harmonique Delicacé Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., 274 cases, $55. The grapes for this bottling in 2002-2004 came from primarily the Wiley Vineyard. In 2005 a frost event led to a loss of all the crop and grapes were then sourced from Ferrington Vineyard (Wädenswil clone) and Klindt Vineyard. I was really charmed by the 2002-2004 vintages of this wine and prefer them over this vintage. Harvested at 25.2º Brix. · Lightest in color of the 2005 Pinot Noirs. When you smell this wine, you want to dive in. Aromas of red berry tart, violets, musk and Moroccan spice. A delicate red fruit core with a hint of mocha and spice, noticeable dry tannins and a dry finish. The oak is commanding. The nose trumps the flavors in this wine. Reviewed June 5, 2009 WINERY » ARTICLE »

2001 Londer Paraboll Anderson Valley Pinot Noir

15.5% alc., $42. · A very earthy Pinot featuring wet leaf, musroom and stem on the nose. Darker fruit flavors are highlighted with barnyard and citrus notes. A Burgundian’s cup of tea. Reviewed June 3, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »