Mark Lyon purchased his 149-acre estate in the Alexander Valley 40 years ago. The grapes had been planted there 10 years earlier by Rodney Strong, considered one of the founders of the Alexander Valley appellation. Mark had every intention of honoring that part of history.
In 2012 he founded Eco Terreno as a completely organic, sustainable enterprise that would further the indelible mark that Alexander Valley had already achieved. Well, that and he even improved on it.
Alexander Valley is named after Cyrus Alexander, a Pennsylvania native who came here in the mid-1840s and built an impressive cattle ranch on a sweeping stretch of Sonoma. He was such a champion of the area that not long after his passing in 1872, that stretch was named Alexander Valley.
Today it is considered one of the finest grape growing districts in California. Rodney Strong was one of the first to plant Bordeaux varietals and Mark took that cue and ran with it.
As a result, Mark is producing some of the most iconic wines to emerge from the Alexander Valley. Our selection is 51% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Franc and 11% Petit Verdot. The finished wine spent 15 months in French and American oak barrels, 35% of which were new.
The result is an amazing amalgam of complex flavors including blackberry, cherry and fresh herbs juxtaposed around earth, dark chocolate and coffee. This impressive offering would pair beautifully with a simply grilled ribeye topped with garlic butter or a bright sausage lasagna.