De Loach Vineyards was founded by Cecil De Loach in the Russian River Valley in 1973. De Loach pioneered the growing of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the Russian River Valley, experimenting with rootstocks and soils at a time when few winemakers paid much attention to such aspects of winemaking, especially in the Russian River region. In 2003 De Loach was purchased by the Boisset family of Burgundy, who brought several generations of sustainable winemaking tradition to the estate. The Boissets have fully committed to eco-friendly farming and in 2008 the estate was certified as organic by California Certified Organic Farmers. In 2009 the estate earned its Demeter certification for biodynamic practices. De Loach makes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.
Sonoma Coast AVA runs from San Pablo Bay in the south to Mendocino County in the north. It includes 7,000 vineyard acres and earned AVA status in 1987. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean means it gets double the rainfall of nearby inland appellations and the ocean gives the appellation a relatively cool climate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can thrive in these conditions, and there are numerous producers making critically acclaimed Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.