“There is a bigger vision for Sutro hidden behind the day to day vision of making a damn good wine. My vision is that Sutro be one of many small businesses that take place here, on Warnecke ranch, and allow family members to thrive with businesses based off the land. We all love this place, and I hope to inspire my generation of Warneckes to come home and invest in the property with their own enterprises. I guess it’s a vision of Sutro being a catalyst for a commune sort of thing--there are a lot of hippies in my family, the Grateful Dead even spent time here, they wrote Alligator while living in one of the tent cabins above the river on our property. But this vision includes making reliably excellent wine that harnesses an exceptional terroir." ”
- Alice Sutro, Vintner & Artist
Land is the true love behind Sutro.
Founder Alice Warnecke Sutro, is a 5th generation steward of the Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard, which sits on high Russian River frontage in the volcanic Mayacamas foothills along Chalk Hill Road. Though her family has owned the property since 1911 and grown grapes for decades, Alice is the first in her family to produce wines by establishing Sutro. The enterprise reflects her deep connection to the land that she calls home and the pioneering spirit of the Warnecke/Sutro clans whose heritage in the region date back to the pre-Gold Rush pioneering days.
Eliot Sutro, Alice’s husband, directs winemaking and follows a philosophy of minimal intervention that, coupled with restrained use of new oak, allows the quality of the grapes to shine through in the glass. Like love letters to the land, the limited-production, vineyard-designate Sutro wines are a true expression of their unique terroir. Balancing elegance and power, Sutro wines are nothing short of excellent.
Inky purple and densely aromatic with a nose of concentrated cherry, cassis, bittersweet chocolate and hints of graphite. Broad and rich on the palate, this wine has assertive, yet integrated tannins and a lingering finish.
Deep garnet in color, with aromas of dark cherry, ripe plum, damp earth, anise and tobacco. Velvety on the palate, this wine brings a cascade of classic varietal flavors.
Ruby red with an expressive bouquet of baked plum, dried fig, chocolate covered raspberry and blackberry. Remarkably smooth and balanced on palate, this wine reveals layers of fruit with savory undertones.