This Chardonnay and Pinot Noir house is a member of the West Sonoma Coast Vintners and is based in Sonoma. The name comes from the founder and principal, Bill Price III, who was nicknamed “Billy Three Sticks” by childhood friends for the Roman numerals after his name. He got his start in the wine industry when he purchased the Durrell Vineyard in 1998 and founded Three Sticks in 2002. Ryan Prichard came on to the team in 2015 to apprentice alongside winemaker Bob Cabral (previously of Williams Selyem) before taking over the position he holds today as Director of Winemaking. With key holdings of Durell Vineyard and Gap’s Crown Vineyard as well as other sites in the West Sonoma Coast AVA, these wines are on my radar to watch over the coming years. - Jeb Dunnuck
VM97: The 2021 Pinot Noir Gap's Crown Vineyard is fabulous. In fact, it is one of the finest wines I have tasted from Three Sticks. Dark blue/black fruit, licorice, spice, gravel, crushed rocks, menthol, lavender and mocha saturate the palate with tremendous depth and textural intensity. The 2021 is, quite simply, majestic. What a wine!