Screen Door Cellars roots run deep both in family and in the vineyard so it was not hard when deciding on a name for our home ranch. ASERN. Alex, Savannah, Emma, Robert and Norah are the grandchildren who’s laughter and energy can be felt running through the vineyard and reminds us daily why we embarked on this adventure.
Planted in 1991 with the Spring Mountain Clone of Chardonnay, the ASERN Vineyard is located in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. Known for the Goldridge Sandy Loam soil, it is an ideal location for Chardonnay with later ripening fruit and concentrated flavors that lead to bright, clean acids.
ASERN Vineyards is a representation of our commitment to the Russian River Valley and for the generations to come.
LERAS FAMILY VINEYARD
Located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, the Leras Family has been farming grapes for over 75 years. Frequently referred to as God’s Little Acre, this Pinot Noir vineyard is planted with Pommard, 828, and 667 that we use in our single vineyard and Russian River blend.
It was through their connection in the Russian River Valley Winegrowing community that the Donnell’s met Nick Leras and his family. It was soon after, Bobby fell in love with the flavors that come from the Leras Vineyard fruit – dark flavors, rich concentrated fruit and what Bobby calls “Leras Spice,” a white pepper and cinnamon flavor. With a handshake sealing the deal, the 2012 harvest was set and together both families participated – Nick and his wife supplying the fruit and cinnamon rolls and the entire Donnell family coming out for Screen Door Cellar’s first harvest.
ROAN FAMILY VINEYARD
School means more than just tests and recess to the Donnel and Roan families. It is where their children met and the parents learned they had more in common than just their children’s homework and book reports. They shared a love of Pinot Noir and the Russian River Valley.
Roan Family Vineyard is located in the Green Valley of Russian River Valley. Positioned 12 miles from the coast, the rolling coastal fog blankets this two-acre vineyard nightly creating a cool climate for the Pinot Noir grapes to slowly develop and mature. Planted entirely in the Pommard clone, the later, slow ripening allows the grapes to take on blueberry and black cherry notes.