Anderson Valley

The Anderson Valley is located in the western portion of Mendocino County along the alluvial terraces of the Navarro River and its tributaries and cuts laterally through the coastal range. The appellation is known for its cooler climates making it an ideal location for growing Pinot Noir as well as Alsatian varietals like Riesling and Gewürztraminer. The west end of the Valley is only 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, taking advantage of the cooling maritime effects. The eastern end of the Valley features a more moderate inland temperature. The foggy mornings give way to sunny and warm days only to return to cold nights, which allow the grapes slowly reach their maturation and develop the deep complex flavors characteristic of wines from this region.

Cool air from the Pacific travels along the Navarro River help moderate the temperatures in the valleys.  The temperature variations help create air flows that protect the vines from extremes in temperatures as well as decreasing the chances of frost.  These conditions allow grapes like Pinot Noir to mature slowly balancing the quantity of sugar and acids.

The soils of the AVA vary from sandy to gravelly loam and are very well draining, allowing the vines to develop a deep root structure and ensuring the vines do not become waterlogged. Soils of the appellation are clays overlain with sediment from the Navarro River and its tributaries. From the valley floor, these soils become thinner and more acidic due to the increased elevation causing erosion and the presence of evergreens such as Coast Redwood and Douglas Fir.

Elevation ranges from zero to 2,500 feet above sea level with an annual rainfall of 35 to 80 inches. While the Anderson Valley has an average annual temperature of 53 degrees, there is a wide diurnal cycle that can reach 50 degrees between the day and night temperatures. The mix of sun, fog, well-draining soil, maritime winds and a long growing season make the Anderson Valley one of the most famous and successful Pinot Noir growing regions in the United States. Aside from Pinot Noir, there are also producers of Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Syrah in the Valley.

The valley was settled originally in the 1830s with the family of Walter Anderson arriving a decade later.  Viticulture can’t be verified as having taken place until the 1890s when Italian immigrants arrived but it is assumed that Swiss and German settlers had not done without wine that was a staple of their diets in Europe.

Anderson Valley AVA

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2014 Wiley Vineyard Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
$ 48.00

2014 Wiley Pinot Noir

Wiley Vineyards, Anderson Valley

Tart red cherries, baking spices, and forrest floor. Silky smooth with supple tannins and a long finish. 

2015 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
$ 42.00

Tasting Notes

Blend of Anderson Valley grapes sustainability and organically grown. 

Spicy nose, black fruit, hint of cassis, long spicy, sweet Indian spices on the finish, a touch of heat, not for the Pinot Illuminati (Andy). Will get better with age. Classic Bing Cherry, hint of tomato vine. Long, rich finish.

Appellation: Anderson Valley

2015 Wiley Vineyard Riesling
$ 24.00

Tasting Notes

Not a classic Riesling, barrel and yeast character, spicy green plum, Citrus, green apple, Meyer lemon, Buddha Hand or Yuzu, a yeasty quality with sparkles. A wine for beer drinkers, great with Asian food, or any food really.

Appellation: Anderson Valley

2016 Anderson Valley Chardonnay
$ 24.00

Tasting Notes

Green apple, spice, white flowers on the nose, sweet, simple, touch of citrus, green apple on the mouth, slight hint of oak, medium finish accentuated by the residual sugar. 

Appellation: Anderson Valley

Bee Hunter Wine - Special Easter Package Deal
$ 50.00

Special Easter Package Deal: 1 Bottle of 2017 Rose + 1 Bottle of 2014 Wiley Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2014.

$50 FLAT. (Tax and Shipping Included) 

**Valid in California Only.
   Standard shipping applies out of state. 

Plus - Join Qorkz for a virtual tasting with the winemakers of Bee Hunter. Saturday April 11 @ 6pm. 

Order by Monday April 6th at 3pm to receive your wines in time! 

 Email or call (628) 222-6102 to purchase this limited-time-offer. 

Bee Hunter Wine Tasting Event - Wine Club Members
$ 0.00

Join Qorkz and Bee Hunter Wine at their tasting room at the Bee Hunter Tasting Room at the Live Oak Building, 142111 CA-128, Boonville, California, next to Lauren’s Restaurant on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 2-4 for an afternoon of fun and wine.  And if you want to keep the party going?  The Anderson Valley White Wine Weekend will be going on!

This is an opportunity to participate in a unique event.  Tickets are FREE for wine club members. The event is limited to 35 participants so purchase your tickets before they sell out!