Suncé Winery & Vineyard

Owner(s) Frane Franicevic, Janae Franicevic
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Suncé ("Soon-say") is a producer of small lots of vineyard-designated varietal wines and classic blends from the North Coast and Sonoma County. Owner and winemaker Frane Franicevic is a native of Croatia who immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 17. While working on his PhD dissertation in Sonoma County, he became inspired to reconnect with the family's tradition of winemaking. Franicvevic created One World Winery in 1990 in two rented barns west of Santa Rosa on Piner Road. He partnered with his spouse, Janae, in 1994 and together they relaunched the winery as Suncé Winery in 1998 at a new property on Olivet Road which has been home ever since. Suncè is Croatian for "sun."

The Estate Vineyard is named after the Franicevic's eldest daughter, Zora and a Pinot Noir from this vineyard has been produced since 2004. Another Pinot Noir is sourced from Rodella Vineyard along Westside Road in the Russian River Valley.

The tasting room at 1839 Olivet Road in Santa Rosa is open 10:30 to 5:00 daily. The owners frequently greet visitors in the tasting room where tasting is complimentary.

Reviewed Wines

2009 Suncé Winery & Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.0% alc., $44. · Moderately deep garnet color. The ripe plummy fruit has a confected edge, smelling like hard candy and tasting very sweet. There are hints of bacon and cherry cola on board. The velvety fruit is wrapped in firm tannins and the wine seems to want for more acidic vibrancy. Decent. Reviewed November 7, 2010 ARTICLE »

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