The deep end. The first foray into the valley.
Vonarburg Vineyard isn’t the easiest place to find. You could drive by the likes of Twomey and Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley countless times and never know there is a small Riesling vineyard hiding between the two larger operations. This site claims a piece of Anderson Valley’s history as vineyard owner Norm Kobler’s parents were some of the first pioneers of the area, founding Lazy Creek Winery in 1972. This small parcel is dedicated to Riesling and sits astride the Kobler’s homestead at the Northwestern portion of the Anderson Valley. Vonarburg was the first wine Ross made from Anderson Valley under the Cobb label dating back to 2016.
Warm days and cool nights. Chasing acidity.
Anderson Valley slowly loses elevation as it meanders northwest from Boonville to the town of Navarro near the Mendocino Coast. The difference in microclimates between these two points is quite stark, with the “deep” northwestern portion being much cooler, tucked up against the California coast and the masses of redwood trees. Vonarburg shares a fenceline with sparkling wine producer Roederer Estate which should give you an idea as to how cool the climate is. At only 2-acres, this tiny old vine Riesling plot continually delivers fruit that has plenty of development and hangtime paired with phenomenal acidity all Riesling enthusiasts love.