Introducing Sojourn Cellars

Sojourn Cellars began in 2001 as a collaboration between two tennis buddies who discovered a mutual passion for great wine and the things that tend to go with it – good food and good company.

 

Utilizing Erich’s experience as an Assistant Winemaker at Arrowood Winery, Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley developed a plan to produce distinctive Pinot Noir wines complemented by small bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon from extraordinary vineyard sources.

 

Over the next 10 years, they worked together to develop their shared love of fine wine into a winery that has established a consistent track record of producing highly rated wines under the Sojourn brand. Today, what began as their own personal journey into the world of winemaking has evolved into a first-class boutique winery committed to creating high-quality artisan wines for people who know and appreciate them.

“Life is but a Sojourn. Enjoy the best of it.” -Plato

They source fruit from celebrated vineyards in both Sonoma and Napa Counties, and help direct farming operations to assure that their grapes are produced using world-class growing techniques. They consistently produce remarkable wines with a hands-off natural winemaking style that showcases the character and personality of the individual vineyards.

 

Sojourn feels passionate about creating high-quality wines and always being accessible to the people who buy and enjoy their wines. Sojourn offers seated tastings in a casual, yet sophisticated environment and prides itself on always putting the customer first.

Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay 2014

In 2014, the individual Sangiacomo vineyard components were harvested on separate nights and delivered to the winery early in the mornings. They were immediately whole-cluster pressed and barreled down into French oak barrels for fermentation after settling overnight. This Chardonnay was fermented slowly in a temperature controlled cold room to retain bright aromatics and freshness.

Rodgers Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

95 Pts Pinot Report; 90 Pts Wine Enthusiast & Pinot File

Dry weather in both winter and spring resulted in smaller berry sizes with robust tannins, detailed aromatics and high concentration levels. They emphasized the use of new oak barrels made from Bertranges forest near Nevers, France, which tends to offer earthy umami characteristics that enhance the earth and mushroom notes of the Pommard clone in this wine.

Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

92 Pts Pinot Report; 93 Pts Pinot File; 90 Pts Wine Spectator

The Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir grapes achieved wonderful complex flavors at moderate Brix levels. Clones 155 and 777 were blended from separately fermented lots. Ten percent were fermented with stems, adding verve and nuance.

Ridgetop Vineyard Pinot Noir 2013

93 Pts Wine Enthusiast; 90 Pts Wine Spectator
91 Pts Pinot Report & Wine Advocate

In 2013, Dijon clones 115, 667, and 777 were blended together after being fermented separately. All three ferments were clean and went through at moderate temperatures peaking around 85F degrees. Clone 777 provided a beautiful richness with silky tannins and was the most expressive of the three. The other two clones added structure and focus to the blend.