Eagle Peak Exclusive
Eagle Peak AVA has a strong coastal influence that provides fog in the morning and nights while the mountainous terrain provides good air drainage that also lessens the risk of frost. The elevation and marine influence create an alternate home for Pinot Noir in the county aside from Anderson Valley where it has gained a very good reputation.
Masut is the only winery in the new AVA, which encompasses nearly 21,000 acres of mountains and valleys about 10 miles north of Ukiah, Calif. The name comes from the tallest mountain in the coast range running along the western boundary of the new AVA. Masut may be the only winery, but the new AVA is home to four other growers—Golden Vineyards, Linholme Vineyards, Sea Biscuit South Vineyards and Turan Vineyards—for a total of 115 planted acres. Julie and Joe Golden, who own Golden Vineyards, produce their own wine at custom-crush facilities under the Golden Cellars label.