It’s rare to find an entire estate with a 120+-year-old growing history in California. The wine life of the Radio-Coteau property dates back to 1892 when J. Morelli & Sons planted the first vines. But it’s rarer still when the current owner worked at Baron Philippe de Rothschild (Pauillac), Comte Armand (Pommard), and Jacques Prieur (Meursault), as well as Bonny Doon in Santa Cruz and Dehlinger in Sonoma.
Eric Sussman founded Radio-Coteau in the early 2000s and produced its first wine in 2002 from 56-year-old Zinfandel vines in collaboration with then-property-owner Robert Von Weidlich. In 2012, Eric would acquire the estate and its 42 acres of vineyard, as well as wildlands and garden. With it, he brought his keen sense of terroir, his low-intervention approach, organic and biodynamic practices, and a range of animals to what he calls his agroecosystem. In the high-elevation, cool coastal Sonoma area he grows Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Zinfandel.