Fort Ross-Seaview, an AVA


See West Sonoma Coast – a guide for the other tasting articles in this series. 

At the heart of the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation on the historic Bohan Ranch grows the first modern vineyard of the West Sonoma Coast. Planted in 1972, the Zinfandel still grows in the now-classic style known as California sprawl, and still provides fruit for a vineyard-designated Zinfandel from Turley Wine Cellars.

‘My family moved to the area in 1857', George Bohan says. ‘We had a sheep ranch but the coyote population exploded. We would lose 240 lambs in four or five months. We couldn’t get...