thumbprint cellars vineyard sources


thumbprint cellars sources wine grapes from local growers throughout Sonoma County. We partner with family-owned grape growers in Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Knights Valley. Founder/winemaker Scott Lindstrom-Dake honors each grower by crafting single vineyard, single varietal expressions of each individual vineyard the grapes come from. Think of each varietal as a “snapshot” from each vineyard and vintage; telling a story about that special place and time.

Let us introduce you to some of our vineyards and growers.

Andolsen Vineyard
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Growers: Dr. Andy & Julie Andolsen
Location: W. Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, CA
Year Planted: 1997
Total Acres: 14
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone: 6
Elevation: 600ft. Above sea level
Soil Type: Alluvial Loam. Ancient sea floor soil that has been tilted sideways by tectonic movement, meaning multiple layers of soil influence the vines.
Average Temperature: 83-48 degrees


Angeli Vineyard
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Growers: Jeff Angeli
Location: River Road, Cloverdale, CA
Year Planted: 1908
Total Acres: 30
Varietals: Carignane
Elevation: 308ft. Above sea level
Soil Type Cortina/Yolo
Average Temperature: 83-49 degrees


Bacigalupi Vineyard
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Growers: John Bacigalupi & Family
Location: Westside Road, Healdsburg, CA
Year Planted: 1964
Total Acres: 65
Varietals: Pinot Noir
Clone: Pinot Clones: 667, 777, Pommard
Elevation: 117ft. Above sea level
Soil Type: Yolo/Arbuckle
Average Temperature: 79-48 degrees
Certifications: Fish Friendly & Salmon Safe


Betsy's Vineyard
Appellation: Knights Valley
Growers: Betsy and David Lawer
Location: Franz Valley School Rd, Healdsburg, CA
Year Planted: 2003
Total Acres: 109, 20 planted
Varietals: syrah, viognier
Clone: syrah; shiraz. viognier; 4
Elevation: 600ft. Above sea level
Soil Type: Red Clay Loam: well draining volcanic soil consisting of limestone, sandstone
Average Temperature: 81-44 degrees


Frei Vineyard
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Growers: John Frei
Location: Hwy 128. Geyserville. One block east of downtown Geyserville on the corner of Remmell Rd and Hwy 128.
Year Planted: 1990
Total Acres: 11
Varietals: Merlot
Clone: 3
Elevation: 210ft. Above sea level
Soil Type: Cortina/Yolo. Very gravely sandy loam
Average Temperature: 81-48 degrees
Certifications: Sustainability in Practice


J&B Schmidt Vineyard
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Growers: Janice & Brian Schmidt
Location: “Right in the middle of Dry Creek Valley.” Valley floor. The vineyard extends from Dry Creek Rd all the way to the actual Dry Creek.
Year Planted: 2006
Total Acres: 69
Varietals: Viognier, Malbec & Petit Verdot
Elevation: 180ft. Above sea level
Soil Type: Arbuckle/Yolo. Loamy that is well-draining with a mix of sand, silt and some clay.
Planting: 9ft. Vines by 6ft.
Average Temperature: 82-48 degrees
Certifications: Sustainability in Practice


Lisa’s Vineyard
Appellation: Knights Valley
Growers: Harvey & Lisa Carr
Location: Foss Hill Rd. Less than a half mile from the Napa/Sonoma county line on Hwy 128. At the southern base of Mt. St. Helena. Total Acres: 8.7 total (We source from the "Top Block" of 1.95 acres)
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone: 7
Elevation: 620ft. Above Sea Level
Planting: Southwestern facing on 5 degree slope
Soil Type: Red Hill/Series; Red Hill Clay Loam: well draining volcanic soil consisting of limestone, sandstone & shale. Typically found on steep hillside slopes.
Average Temperature: 82-49 degrees
Certifications: Biodynamic & Fish Friendly Farming


Ramazzotti Vineyard
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Grower: Joe Ramazzotti
Location: North of the town of Geyserville.
Year Planted: 1972
Total Acres: 18
Varietal: Cabernet franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, syrah
Clones: cf, clone 4; cs, clone 7, syrah, clone 08
Elevation: 180 ft above sea level
Soil Type: Yolo gravely loam
Avg temperature: Highs in the 90's with lows below freezing


Ramazzotti Vineyard
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Grower: Joe Ramazzotti
Location: Northeastern Dry Creek Valley's West facing hillsides off of Canyon Road.
Year Planted: 1997, 1969, 1942, 1908
Total Acres: 46, 22 planted
Varietal: Zinfandel
Clones: Old clones, unknown Elevation: 480 ft above sea level
Soil Type: The soil on the surrounding benches and hills is composed of gravelly clay loam, often strikingly red in color. This very rocky soil drains exceptionally well, helping to stress the vines late in the growing season, concentrating varietal character.
Avg temperature: Dry Creek Valley experiences both coastal and inland influences, with the nearby coastal mountain range keeping cool marine temperatures at bay, allowing for daily temperatures in the mid-80’s, July-Sept.


Sciaini Vineyard
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Growers: Jonie Sciaini
Location: River Road, Cloverdale
Year Planted: 1974
Total Acres: 4
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon
Clone: 337
Elevation: 305ft. Above Sea Level
Soil Type: Alluvial/Sobrante/Yolo
Average Temperature: 83-48 degrees