In 1996, brothers John and Mark Weir settled in the small town of Comptche. This place embodied everything they remembered about the California of their youth. The land they chose to buy — a natural clearing in the great Redwood forests — seemed some how lost in time. With land so wild and untouched, the brothers soon realized there could be no better place to make great wine. So they planted Pinot Noir, the fabled and often fickle cool weather fruit.
Today, vines from four great clones – “Swan”, “115”, “828”, and “667” – grace this remote and beautiful landscape. Each year, a small harvest comes together for a limited production and a rare few wines become Comptche Ridge. Taste one of these wines and you’ll soon realize, in this family there is no line between love of land and a longing to make great wines.