Your Guide to Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wine


Bonterra Vineyards

The McNab Ranch is nestled in a steep valley in the rugged North Coast of Mendocino County, and began as a sheep ranch in the 1800’s. Today it is a showcase for biodynamic farming, and serves as a living laboratory for many of the research studies now underway to demonstrate both the impact and approaches needed to support the biodynamic way.There are 51 hectares of planted vineyards, featuring Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Sirah, alongside Chardonnay, all in carefully focused blocks surrounded by one of the most bio-diverse growing environments possible. The ranch has been certified by Demeter since 1996, and a new vineyard with 45 planted hectares in the hillsides overlooking McNab, known as the Butler Ranch, was certified by Demeter in 2003. Alan York lives at McNab Ranch, and has been a long time consultant for Bonterra Vineyards.The inaugural release of the Bonterra McNab Ranch Biodynamic wine is a blend of 70% Merlot, 15% Petite Sirah and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Bonterra Winemaker Bob Blue has crafted an opulent testament to biodynamism. Christian Le Sommer serves as consulting winemaker. It is certified Biodynamic by Demeter since 1996.As Monty Waldin notes in his new book “blending biodynamic wine with these two men is an education, but drinking it is even better.”