From the get go, Eric Sussman wasted no time directing his focus towards exceptional vineyards in Anderson Valley and the true Sonoma Coast. While he was very much out in front of California's New Wave of wine, where producers focused on more Old World approaches in the vineyard and winery, the wines themselves remain as fresh and forward thinking today as they ever were. These wines are perennially allocated to the country's best restaurants and most discerning wine collectors, yet are built stylistically in a way that anyone and everyone can appreciate their beauty.
In 2012, Eric acquired an old vine, 42-acre vineyard just outside of Occidental where they still continue their stewardship of its dry farmed blocks and have replanted select blocks to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These have become the two grapes most associated with Radio-Coteau but by no means their only area of expertise. Those dry farmed, original vine blocks at the estate are largely planted to Syrah and Zinfandel, which the winery shows a particularly deft touch in dealing with.
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