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Kokomo Winery

A premium blend form Dry Creek Valley.

About Kokomo Winery

Perched on 120 acres of prime Dry Creek Valley east benchland vineyards known as Timber Crest Farms, Kokomo Winery concentrates on small production, single-vineyard wines. Started in 2004 with the production of a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Kokomo Winery focuses their terroir-driven philosophy on Sonoma County and its distinct appellations. Owner and Winemaker Erik Miller named the winery after his hometown of Kokomo, IN, and decided on a Coastal Cypress Tree for the logo to signify his move out west. Joined by his best friend from Purdue, Josh Bartels, as Kokomo's assistant winemaker, Erik partnered with legendary grower Randy Peters, who has over forty years of wine grape growing experience under his belt. The three have formed quite the successful alliance, as Kokomo Winery has now joined the elite boutique wineries of Sonoma County, gaining more 90+ ratings and Gold Medals with each anticipated release.

Visitors to our winery enjoy a unique wine tasting experience, as we have incorporated the tasting room into our cellar. The varietals we focus on consist of Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Grenache, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. We also offer a reserve tasting area for wine club members, or by reservation.

Kokomo Winery strives to make the best wine possible from only the finest vineyards of Sonoma County. We believe that our small production techniques and relationships with growers allow us to make wines that are as individual and unique as the vineyards they were born from.

We think you should drink local and think global! We are proud to support causes we believe in located in Sonoma and Marin Counties, like the annual Bread & Roses and the Petaluma Music Festival, just to name a few.

 

Timber Crest Vineyards

Our winery is located at Timber Crest Farms in beautiful Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg, California.   This very unique and scenic property has a rich history in Sonoma County dating back to the mid 1800's.  The Waltenspiels have lived and farmed this property since 1954.  Ronald Waltenspiel was born and raised in Sonoma County and is a second generation farmer.  There has been Zinfandel on the property for over 150 years and we still use cuttings from the original vines.

Like many other wineries in this area, the original winery on the property closed after Prohibition.  Even so, the ranch continued to grow wine grapes and in 1957, the Waltenspiels started their business, Timber Crest Farms(consisting of the Sonoma Brand), focusing on organic dried fruits. Their products were sold nationally in supermarkets, gourmet shops and specialty stores.  Their dried fruits were also sold at the store located on the property itself until 2003.

The estate vineyard, behind the winery, is planted with Zinfandel, Primitivo, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Muscat and Sauvignon Blanc.  It has been farmed by Randy Peters, our partner in the winery, since 1974.   Randy has planted all of the vineyards on the property except one.  Having farmed this land for so long and knowing the different blocks and soil types, Randy has chosen our vineyard rows accordingly.  Some of the varietals on the ranch were even planted specifically for us.  Timber Crest Farms experimented with organic fertilizers long before the popular demand for organically grown products and continues to this day to be good stewards of the land.

Today the property is not only home to our winery, but also Amphora Winery, Family Wineries Tasting Room, Papapietro Perry Winery, Peterson Winery, the Dry Creek Olive Company and Grey Creek Viticultural Services.

 

Owner & Winemaker: Erik Miller

Originally from Kokomo, Indiana, Erik had always dreamed of moving west. After graduating from Purdue University in 1999, with a degree in Organizational, Leadership, and Supervision, he set his sights on Sonoma County in order to pursue his dreams. "I traded in the soybeans and cornfields for the brighter skies, rolling hills and vineyards", Erik said. "With my Midwestern values, I approached the new territory with a promise to always treat the farmers and business the same - with respect."

Erik had his first opportunity to make an impression as a wine professional while working crush at Belvedere Winery in the Russian River Valley. Starting at ground level as a cellar worker, there was an immediate connection to the industry. After working that first harvest, Erik decided to enroll at U.C. Davis to study Oenology and learn from the best in the field. During the time he was attending classes, he met Rick Hutchinson, owner and winemaker of Amphora Winery, and was offered a full-time cellar worker position.

While handling his duties in the cellar, Erik began Kokomo Winery with a 2004 single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from Dry Creek Valley. In naming his new venture, the winemaker decided to pay homage to his Indiana hometown. In 2005 Erik brought on his best friend and college roommate, Josh Bartels, to assist with the new winery's second vintage. With Josh on board, the two upped production and increased the product line. After the 2006 harvest, Kokomo Winery moved into its own facility at Timber Crest Farms in Dry Creek Valley.

In 2008 Erik brought on his partner in the winery, Randy Peters, who is a fourth generation farmer in Dry Creek Valley.  "Having a partner who grows in three appellations in Sonoma County really completed the loop for us and ensures consistency in quality and terrior"

 

Grower / Partner: Randy Peters

Randy Peters is a 4th generation farmer in Dry Creek Valley. Farming 70% of Kokomo Winery's fruit production in three different appellations, Randy's expertise in the vineyard completes the Kokomo team. The vineyards he farms includes Peters Vineyard, Timber Crest Vineyards, Pauline's Vineyard and Ruth's Vineyard.

Pauline's Vineyard is the ranch Randy grew up an and is named after his late mother.  Peters vineyard is Randy's vineyard in the Sonoma Coast/Russian River Valley, which is where his wife Robin grew up.  Timber Crest Vineyard has been farmed by Randy for 40 years and is the home of the winery on Dry Creek Road.

 

Press & Award

  • June 15, 2014:KOKOMO 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, rated 91 pointsKOKOMO 2012 Pinot Noir, Peters Vineyard Winemaker's Reserve, Sonoma Coast, rated 90 pointKOKOMO 2012 Pinot Noir, Gopher Hill, Sonoma Coast, rated 90 points

  • November 1, 2014: Kokomo 2012 Pauline's Vineyard, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley rated 91 points/ Editors’ Choice.

  • November 1, 2014: Kokomo 2012 Timber Crest Vineyard, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley rated 93 points.

  • May 6, 2013:  KOKOMO 2012 Grenache Rosé, Paulines Vineyard (rated 89 points) in Wine Spectator Magazine, in an article: 12 Festive Rosés From California, by Tim Fish

  • Januray 14, 2013: KOKOMO 2010 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Timber Crest Vineyard (rated 91 points) in Wine Spectator Magazine, in an article: 12 Outstanding California Zinfandels, by Tim Fish

  • April 4, 2012:KOKOMO 2009 Pinot Noir, Peters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast rated 92 pointKOKOMO 2009 Pinot Noir, Gopher Hill Sonoma Coast rated 93 pointKOKOMO 2009 Pinot Noir, Windsor Oaks, Russian River Valley rated 90 points

  • June 30, 2012: KOKOMO 2009 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Winemaker's Reserve, Pauline's Vineyard (rated 92 points) featured in Wine Spectator Magazine, in an article: Zinfandel Elegance, by Tim Fish 

  • April 30, 2012: KOKOMO 2009 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Winemaker's Reserve, Pauline's Vineyard (rated 92 points) in Wine Spectator Magazine

  • April 30, 2012: KOKOMO 2009 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Winemaker's Reserve, Timber Crest Vineyard (rated 90 points) in Wine Spectator Magazine

  • September 1, 2012: Kokomo 2011 Pauline’s Vineyard, Grenache Rosé, Dry Creek Valley rated 92 points/Editors’ Choice

  • September 1, 2012: Kokomo 2010 Peters Vineyard, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley rated 92 points/ Editors’ Choice

  • February 1, 2012: Kokomo 2008 Pedroni Vineyard, Cabernet Franc, Dry Creek Valley rated 90 points. 

  • February 1, 2012: Kokomo 2008 Petite Sirah, Dry Creek Valley rated 90 points.

  • November 28, 2011: KOKOMO 2009 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, Winemaker's Reserve, Pauline's Vineyard (rated 92 points) in Wine Spectator Magazine, in an article: 14 California Zinfandels

  • April 1, 2011: Kokomo 2008 Pinot Noir, Peters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast rated 93 points.

  • July 19, 2010: KOKOMO 2008 Cuvee "4791", Dry Creek Valley (rated 89 points) is in an article, California Merlot and Zinfandel, by WINE SPECTATOR

Medal Winners

  • 2015 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION

  • DOUBLE GOLD: Best of Class 2012 Mukaida Vineyard, Charrdonnay 

  • GOLD: 2013 Russian River, Pinot Noir

  • GOLD: 2012 Ruth's Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2014 INDY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

  • DOUBLE GOLD: Best of Class 2012 Dry Creek Valley, Grenache

  • GOLD: 2012 Timber Crest Vineyards, Malbec

  • 2014 PRESS DEMOCRAT NORTH COAST WINE CHALLENGE

  • GOLD: Best of Show 2013 Pauline's Vineyard, Grenache Rosé (95 points)

  • GOLD: 2012 Dry Creek Valley, Grenache (92 points)

  • GOLD: 2012 Russian River, Pinot Noir (95 points)

  • 2014 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION

  • GOLD: 2012 Timber Crest Vineyards, Zinfandel

  • GOLD: 2012 Russian River, Pinot Noir

  • 2013 INDY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2011 Claret

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2011 Timeber Crest Vineyard, Zinfandel

  • GOLD: 2011 Pauline's Vineyard, Zinfandel

  • 2013 INTERNANTIONAL WINE CHANNEL TV AWARDS

  • BEST OF CLASS: 2012 Cuvee

  • 2013 PRESS DEMOCRAT NORTH COAST WINE COMPETITION

  • BEST OF SONOMA COUNTY: 2012 Grenache Rosé, Pauline's Vineyard,Dry Creek Valley (98 points)

  • BEST OF CLASS: 2012 Grenache Rosé, Pauline's Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (98 points)

  • 2010 Zinfandel, Timber Crest Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (96 points)

  • 2011 Zinfandel, Paulines Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley (93 points)

  • 2012 INDY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

  • BEST OF CLASS: 2009 Malbec, Chalk Hill

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2009 Malbec, Chalk Hill

  • GOLD: 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruth's Vineyard, Alexander Valley

  • GOLD: 2010 Chardonnay, Peters Vineyard, Russian River Valley

  • 2012 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION

  • BEST OF CLASS: 2009 Zinfandel, Pauline's Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

  • BEST OF CLASS: 2009 Chardonnay, Peters Vineyard, Russian River Valley

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2009 Pinot Noir, Peters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

  • GOLD: 2009 Merlot, Pauline's Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

  • 2011 INDY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

  • RED WINE OF THE YEAR: 2008 Cabernet Franc, Pedroni Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

  • BEST OF CLASS: 2008 Cabernet Franc, Pedroni Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

  • BEST OF CLASS: 2007 Sangiovese, Mountainview Ranch, Dry Creek Valley

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2008 Cabernet Franc, Pedroni Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2007 Sangiovese, Mountainview Ranch, Dry Creek Valley

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2008 Pinot Noir, Peters Vineyard, Winemakers Reserve

  • DOUBLE GOLD: 2008 Zinfandel, Timber Crest Farms, Dry Creek Valley

  • GOLD MEDAL: 2009 Chardonnay, Peters Vineyard, Russian River Valley

  • GOLD MEDAL: 2008 Zinfandel, Sonoma County

  •  2011 BEST OF THE BAY AND ZIN CHALLENGE

  • GOLD MEDAL: 2008 Zinfandel, Sonoma County

  • GOLD MEDAL: 2008 Zinfandel, Timber Crest Farms, Dry Creek Valley

  • 2011 WEST COAST WINE COMPETITION

  • GOLD MEDAL: 2008 Zinfandel, Sonoma County

  • 2011 SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE WINE COMPETITION

  • DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL 2008 Zinfandel, Sonoma County

  • GOLD MEDAL 2008 Pinot Noir, Peters Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

San Francisco Chronicle

  • May 2, 2008: KOKOMO 2006 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley receives 2.5 stars out of 3 in the WINES section of the S.F. Chronicle!

 

 

 

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