WH Smith Wines
Luck and timing led Bill and Joan Smith into the wine business: enthusiasm, perseverance, and good advice from a few talented friends facilitated their success as world-class producers. The Smith's produced La Jota Vineyard's first Cabernet Sauvignon vintage in 1982 and went on to garner much attention and received many accolades-including being listed as #2 on Robert Parker's roster of "heroes" in the December 1994 issue of The Wine Advocate. The ultimate compliment-Markham Vineyards purchased the highly successful La Jota Vineyard Co. in 2001. Curious by nature and eager to embrace new adventures, it didn't take much for friend and winemaker Helen Turley to inspire in Bill the desire to try his hand at Pinot Noir. In 1992, under a new W. H. Smith Wines label, the Smiths released their first vintage of Sonoma County Pinot Noir. Passionate for Pinot, in 1994 Bill and Joan purchased 360 acres along the Sonoma Coast on a ridge high above the town of Cazadero. The first vintage of Maritime Ridge Vineyards-the Smith's rising star-was harvested in 2002 and was released in the spring of 2004 to critical acclaim. Our winery is high up on Howell Mt and produces an Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Single Vineyard Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast AVA.