From the 3rd oldest vineyard planted in the St. Rita hills... we bring to you the 2009 Prodigal 'Huber' Pinot Noir. Complex and Mineral-Driven, this vineyard is one of the best kept secrets St. Rita has to offer. This bottling is sure to put a smile on any face looking for distinct, nuanced Pinot from California's unsung hero... St. Rita Hills. Having had just over a decade to settle into its tertiary state, it brings baked fruits as well as old vine characteristics that are rarely seen in modern wine making. Its showing its elegance and magic right now. So pull the cork and experience this vineyard specific Pinot in all its glory! Cheers!
The name “Prodigal” stems from the career paths that Stephen Russell has taken. As an early (1960) graduate of the UC Davis Enology program, but not a member of a wine family, he was the first formally-trained enologist to be hired by the Gallo's. After discovering that corporate winemaking didn’t offer the future he had envisioned, and after attempting unsuccessfully to raise the money to purchase Freemark Abbey, with a twenty-something’s wisdom he decided to leave the industry. After returning to school (DVM and PhD) and an academic career in cancer research, he and his wife, Mary, returned to California to found Quinta Santa Rosa Vineyard / Prodigal Wines in 2001. The ‘prodigal son’ had returned!