North of Healdsburg there is a spectacular landscape overlooking the Alexander Valley and the Anderson Valley off Route 128 in Yorkville Highlands. There, above the fog line with knock-out gorgeous views, a new tasting “room” called SEAWOLF has just opened.

seawolf-tasting bar

Two young, talented winemakers – Emma Kudritzki Hall and Jesse Hall have combined their experience and are producing small quantities of exceptional wine made in the most natural of ways. Jesse was on the winemaking team at Martinelli and was Helen Turley’s last winemaking student. Emma is the winemaker for Mauritson Family Winery.

We were most fortunate to be Jesse and Emma’s inaugural guests. The farm is 164 acres with 15 acres of organically farmed vineyards at a 2,000 foot elevation. The grounds offer a wonderful low-key outdoor tasting experience and there is also an indoor tasting facility and a large, unique performance stage for future music events.

When I said small quantities, I meant just that. They’ve crafted only 3 barrels of the 2019 Rosé of Zinfandel and 2 barrels of each of their Zinfandels since 2014. The grapes for the 3 Zinfandels were sourced from the Russian River Valley.


Everyone in our party left loving all of the wines and the relaxing time the Halls shared with us. If you have the chance to try their wines, don’t miss it!

When you offer up wines as fantastic as those we tasted, in a location that is unpretentious with absolutely killer views, you have the makings of a spectacular success. Congratulations Jesse and Emma on a great start! And…..we can’t wait to return for the premier musical event on the performance stage!


Just a note: As you might imagine SEAWOLF Wines are not readily available BUT you are able to order limited quantities from their website.

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