Griffin's Lair

the pinot noir

Griffin's Lair Vineyard's first, very small, harvest was in 2001, from the benchgrafted clones 667 and 115. Dave Lattin of Craven-Lattin Wines produced a vineyard designate from the 667; the 115 went to Gary Farrell, who bottled a portion as a vineyard designate. In 2002, the field-grafted Swan and Pommard blocks yielded their first harvest, and we were on our way! Many years later, here are the wineries we partner with:

a Adobe Road Winery: Owner Kevin Buckler, of car racing fame, and winemaker Garrett Martin search out unique vineyards and produce an impressive number of highly rated wines. Adobe Road has grand plans for Petaluma: a state-of-the-art winery right on the waterfront in the Historic District.
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Delgado Family Vineyards: Miguel Delgado is a client of esteemed winemaker Don Van Staaveren (Chateau St. Jean, Three Sticks). Delgado is dedicated to “creating world class pinot noir.”


Lombardi Wines: Tony Lombardi is a Petaluma boy, so his desire to honor the rich history of wine in the Petaluma Gap is no surprise. Starting his own label after many years with Kosta-Browne, Tony makes wine with the talented Cabel Coursey.


Loxton Cellars: What's an Australian physicist doing making wine in California? Chris grew up on his family's vineyard in the Barossa Valley; eventually he found physics too "dry" a subject and came full circle! Syrah is Chris Loxton’s specialty, but he also makes beautiful pinot noir.

Ram’s Gate: Atop a hill with spectacular vistas of the Bay and beyond, the Ram’s Gate winery is an architectural marvel—spectacular, yet blending into the natural landscape. Their wines are a marvel as well: owner Jeff O’Neill and winemaker Jeff Gaffner craft luscious wines that respect the integrity of their vineyards.
Click to view larger Wind Gap Wines: For more than a decade we’ve worked with Pax and Pam Mahle, supplying grapes for their extraordinary syrahs. Now Pax turns his magic touch to pinot noir, using all four clones from our vineyard. His interpretation is elegant, low in alcohol, and food friendly.

Wine can be considered with good reason as the most healthful and the most hygienic of all beverages.
--Louis Pasteur (1822-95)

Pinot Noir possesses the highest and most consistently elevated levels of Resveratrol, the only substance that has been found to indeed prolong life.
--Seth J. Baum, M.D., preventive cardiologist