Klopp Ranch gives me small-berry clusters with profuse dark fruit and blackberry aromas along with earthy flavors. The forward fruit is intense while the lush texture is rich and expansive.
Klopp Ranch lies in an area of Russian River Valley that Merry referred to as "The Golden Triangle." This narrow expanse of land is blessed with moderate climate and excellent drainage provided by sandy Goldridge soils. Located northwest of the Santa Rosa Plain, on the eastern slope of Laguna Ridge, it overlooks the Laguna de Santa Rosa wintertime lake.
Ted Klopp purchased his 37-acre property in 1982. Beginning in 1989, he planted his vineyard in small blocks, seeking Merry’s advice from the outset. At her suggestion, he acquired budwood from Tom Dehlinger, including a field selection from Joseph Swan Vineyards and a non-heat treated Pommard clone. For the later plantings, Ted again consulted Merry, who recommended three Dijon clones, 115, 667 and 777.
Merry and Ted had a close working partnership over many years. They regularly conferred about the effects of specific vineyard cultural practices on his Pinot Noir. “We both know what she is looking for, and I aim for her target,” Ted explained. Her acreage contract with Klopp Ranch rewarded Ted’s practice of keeping yields low and in balance with vine vigor, thereby concentrating fruit character.
“Klopp Ranch gives me small-berry clusters with profuse dark fruit and blackberry aromas along with earthy flavors,” Merry said. “The forward fruit is intense while the lush texture is rich and expansive.”
About This Vineyard
- ACREAGE: 37 total; 26 planted
- EXPOSURE: South/southeast
- SOIL TYPE: Goldridge Sandy Loam
- YEAR PLANTED: 1989-1999
- ROOTSTOCK: AxR; SO4; 10114
- SCION WOOD CLONE: Pommard (non-heat treated); Pommard 5 (heat treated) Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 Field selection, Joseph Swan Vineyard
- VINE SPACING: 8 x 12, 8 x 10 and 8 x 6 feet; vertical trellis
- APPELLATION: Russian River Valley