Carica’s winemaker continuously searches for vineyards that are candidates to supply premium wine grapes to the winery. Since Carica Wines was founded, the winery has concentrated on producing single-vineyard designated wines from some of the most respected vineyards in Northern California’s Sonoma County and Mendocino County.
Sonoma County’s Kick Ranch has been an important source for several of Carica Wines’ Rhône varietals and its Sauvignon Blanc. Located in the Rincon Valley area of eastern Santa Rosa, this vineyard is sited on the Sonoma side of Spring Mountain. The vineyard has a 20-mile vista down to the Petaluma Wind Gap, providing cool nights and foggy mornings. Kick Ranch adheres to sustainable farming practices and has been tended by one of Sonoma County’s premier vineyard managers.
Judge Family Vineyard, located in the Bennett Valley AVA in Sonoma County, has been producing highly sought-after Syrah and Grenache on a pristinely tended hillside since 2000. Carica’s 2010 Rosé of Grenache was solely sourced from this vineyard.
Eagelpoint Ranch Vineyard, sited at 1800′ elevation above the Ukiah Valley in Mendocino County, is another favored source for Carica Wines. Just 80-some acres of the 1200+ acre mountainous property are planted to winegrapes. This vineyard is renowned for supplying premium Syrah and Petite Sirah to select, small-lot wineries in Northern California.
The renowned ‘Cardiac Hill’ block of Bennett Valley’s Jemrose Vineyard (Sonoma County) is another source of Syrah for Carica Wines. Jemrose Vineyards also grows Grenache for Carica wines. Nestled among 3 mountain peaks in a narrow valley east of the town of Santa Rosa, the Bennett Valley viticulture area features cool nights and warm days favored for producing exceptional quality winegrapes. Vineyards in Bennett Valley are planted to the winegrape varieties traditionally grown in the Rhone River valley in France, including Syrah and Grenache.
Carica Wines has also selected grapes from a few warmer vineyard sites, including Amador County, Lake County, and Clements Hills, California.