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The Terroir

We craft small-lot Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from a benchland vineyard tucked along Metz Road in the Salinas Valley. Bound by the rugged terrain of Pinnacles National Forrest to the east and the rolling fog of Monterey Bay to the north, Riverview Vineyard gives us just 16 barrels of wine each vintage. The site—carved over millennia by ancient granitic soils, marine fog and powerful winds—evokes the coveted terroir of Burgundy. 

The Acclaim


"Winemaker Casey Di Cesare's ongoing experiment to ferment grapes with true native yeast in the middle of a vineyard continues to impress. This vintage is the best yet, offering savory aromas of sage-crusted pork chop in a lemon peel-cranberry sauce on the nose. The palate is loaded with thyme and more chaparral spice that enliven the raspberry and cranberry flavors."

Wine Enthusiast, M. KettmannFeb 2024

“…a very unique in-vineyard experimentation regime that is quickly showing fascinating results.”

Wine Enthusiast, M. KettmannOct 2022

“In the bottlings we tasted, the difference between native fermentation versus commercial yeast was striking…”

The Somm Journal, M. May“Coup D ’Estate,” April/May 2018

“Terroir, honored by advanced technology and age-old techniques alike.” 

The Tasting Panel, J. Birschbach“Technique or Terroir,” Nov/Dec 2020

“What they get is pure terroir—the micro and macro aspects of Riverview Vineyard in every bottle.”

The Furrow, S. Werblow“Wild Idea: Native Yeasts are the Ultimate Expression of Terroir,” Jun 2022

Award Winning Wines

Pinot Noir

94 Points | Wine Enthusiast –vin. 2021

92 Points, Editors’ Choice | Wine Enthusiast –vin. 2020

91 Points | James Suckling –vin. 2020

94 Points, Platinum |2021 Sommelier Challenge –vin. 2019

92 Points | Wine Enthusiast –vin. 2019

91 Points | James Suckling –vin. 2019

94 Points | The Tasting Panel –vin. 2019

93 Points | The Tasting Panel –vin. 2018


90 Points | James Suckling –vin. 2021

91 Points | Wine Enthusiast –vin. 2020

90 Points | James Suckling –vin. 2020

92 Points, Editors’ Choice | Wine Enthusiast –vin. 2019

91 Points | Platinum, 2021 Sommelier Challenge –vin. 2019

93 Points | The Tasting Panel –vin. 2019

93 Points | The Tasting Panel –vin. 2018