About This Producer
It didn't take much for friend and winemaker Helen Turley to inspire in Bill Smith the desire to try his hand at Pinot Noir after his successes with La Jota Vineyard in Napa. In 1992, under a new W. H. Smith Wines label, the Smiths released their first vintage of Sonoma County Pinot Noir. Passionate for Pinot, in 1994 they purchased 360 acres along the Sonoma Coast on a ridge high above the town of Cazadero. The first vintage of Maritime Ridge Vineyards - the Smith's rising star - was harvested in 2002 and was released in the spring of 2004.