Cole Ranch truly is hallowed ground. This altogether unique canyon valley tucked away high in the hills between Ukiah and Boonville was planted in the early 1970's by a gentleman named John Cole and is one of the only AVA's owned entirely by one individual. Its also officially the smallest AVA in the nation clocking in at just 189 acres (55 planted). Of those planted, 18 acres are planted to Riesling...mostly on limestone based colluvial soils and dry farmed...and eventually form “Elimelech.” At about 1500 feet up, the temperatures are cooler, the rain falls in higher quantity, and the harvest is significantly delayed, often the last fruit to arrive at the winery.