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Get off the beaten path

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A wine that’s true to its roots.

Something magical happened when Derek Rohlffs decided to veer onto a dirt road in the middle of nowhere. In a far-flung vineyard with grazing sheep, he happened upon the perfect place to grow Pinot Noir that would push boundaries and defy expectations.

The 2022 Outlier Pinot Noir is a delicious wine produced from a single, organically-farmed vineyard in the upper reaches of Spring Valley, a narrow ravine just east of Clear Lake. The cool micro-climate at Long Valley Ranch allows for the slow ripening that is so critically important when it comes to producing balanced Pinot Noir.

This outlying CCOF-certified vineyard is the only one for miles around. A mix of Pinot Noir vines were established in 2015, including Dijon clones 114, 115, 667, 777, and 943. Long Valley Ranch is off the beaten path but the 10 mile drive up the dirt road leading to the vineyard is worth it—and then some!

“Dirt roads are a state of mind.”

Derek Rohlff's Signature

–Derek Rohlffs

Long Valley Vineyard

Outlier Wine Co. Vineyards Map

Vineyard rows showing ripe grape clusters