We’re devoted to producing the finest wine from some of the best fruit sourced in Sonoma County. Sonoma is known to have some of the finest wines from a variety of AVAs such as the Alexander Valley, the Russian River, and Bennet Valley. It is our goal to provide you with wines that express the beauty of Sonoma County.
“Over my lifetime, in spite of what successes I have enjoyed, I have always felt a need to create something beautiful. Something I could do with my family and would bind us closer together. I have realized that dream every time I see the smile on a person’s face as they finish a glass of our wine.”
In 2017, Drive produced a Zinfandel from Puccioni Ranch in Dry Creek Valley and in 2018 a single vineyard Rosé of Zinfandel from Comstock Vineyard, also in Dry Creek Valley. The wines were released in the spring of 2019 to critical and consumer acclaim. Drive continues to hone their craft, focusing on extraordinary vineyards throughout Sonoma County.
“The driving motivation of the Eric Ross style is showcasing the unique qualities of specific vineyards and their geographic locations.
We work with vineyards from Russian River, Dry Creek, Lodi and The Carneros, crafting unique varietals of Albarino, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Grenache, Tempranillo, Old Vine Zinfandel and Cabernet from the Mayacamas Mountains as well as PORT.
Pretty simple concept. The execution, now that’s the tough part! It starts with respect for your subject, whether it’s from behind the lens or walking through the vineyard.”
Our Father, Tom Gore ‘Senior’ had a grit and tenacity that helped give birth to the Sonoma wine industry. “Senior” along with our Mom, Geralyn, made their first vintage of Zinfandel in 1972. It was hand crushed in the backyard and enjoyed with their closest friends and family. They even saved some of those wines, made on the years when we kids were born, for decades so that we could taste our birth wines as young adults.
We are wine zealots, winemakers, growers and entrepreneurs. Wine runs through our veins. Our mantra is to deliver exceptional wines at amazing prices and we are untiring in our effort to bring our customers the very best wines on the planet.
Treasure Hunter wines are micro-lot and one time releases. Each lot represents the best of it’s appellation, varietal and the winemakers who have crafted them.
They are the crème de la crème of terroir driven wine excellence but get them quick before your next favorite wine is gone forever!
As generations passed, our family stepped away from winemaking to focus their efforts toward cultivation of the land. Their industry varied from farming grapes to dairy cattle, then prunes and orchards and finally, back to grapes in 1972.
For more than three decades we’ve produced premium grapes that have contributed to a multitude of award-winning and notable wines. Now, five generations later, we’ve come full circle with a return to winemaking. With every grape and bottle we produce, we honor the vision of our ancestors, and the heritage and hard work of our family.
It starts in the vineyards, where we try to achieve a balance from bud break in the spring until the grapes are picked in the fall. The canopy, crop load, sun exposure, hang time, and hundreds of other details involved in managing a vineyard all must be considered to achieve the right balance.
Once the grapes are picked, it becomes the winemaker’s responsibility to continue the balancing act in the cellar. All the variables that Mother Nature gave us during the growing season need to be considered because they affect the grapes and the approach to winemaking for that vintage. If you keep a good handle on the growing conditions of the season, you have fewer preconceived notions of what the wine should taste like because you’ve already been dealing with all the realities of that vintage.
Our winemaking philosophy is to make a premium quality Cabernet in small quantity with grapes picked at optimal ripeness. The hillside vineyard provides us with well drained soil that keeps our yields low, producing the highest quality fruit. Our goal is to produce the finest expression of Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.