Top Block lies at the top of our hill, immediately adjacent to our winery. Rootstock was planted at the site in 1998 and field budded to the Estrella River Valley clone of Syrah in the fall of that year. A single row of Viognier (1/8 acre) separates the Syrah from our Tara Vineyard Pinot noir and provides an additional source of grapes for this wine. The two varieties are harvested together as a field blend.
Russian Hill Estate, a family owned and operated winery, is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Using the utmost care from vineyard to bottle, Russian Hill is dedicated to the production of world-class Pinot noir and Syrah. The key philosophy of the winery is to maintain the highest degree of excellence in viticultural and winemaking practices to allow wines to fully express the various vineyards that are their source.
Edward Gomez and Ellen Mack established Russian Hill in 1997 after a two-year intensive search for the appropriate site. It was imperative that the land be capable of producing outstanding estate vineyards but also allow for construction of a winery. Only by having full control of both the vineyard and wine production, did the team at Russian Hill feel they could produce wines of the quality they envisioned.