Vineyards

 

Stagecoach Vineyard, Pritchard Hill Region, Napa Valley, California

1,800 feet above the valley floor in the eastern Vaca Mountains of Napa Valley lies the famed Stagecoach Vineyard.  Stagecoach Vineyard extends from the Atlas Peak AVA all the way north to the Pritchard Hill region.  The Cabernet that we get from Stagecoach comes from Block C3A in the Pritchard Hill region of the Vineyard.  This region is characterized by red, volcanic rock and warm daytime temperatures and cool nights.  Perfect for ripening Cabernet Sauvignon.  We also get a small amount of Petit Verdot from Stagecoach.  This fruit comes from the Atlas Peak AVA region of the vineyard.  Atlas Peak is the warmest region of Stagecoach but does not get the cooling marine influence that Pritchard Hill gets, so the temperature is more consistent resulting in wines with softer tannins.

 

 

Hossfeld Vineyard, Coliseum Block, Soda Canyon, Napa Valley, California

The Hossfeld vineyard is located in the hills of Soda Canyon in Napa Valley . This extreme hillside vineyard was planted almost thirty years ago on a steep southeastern facing slope using dynamite to terrace the rocky terrain. The soil is comprised of just a few inches of rocky volcanic soil over solid bedrock.  The resulting Cabernet is nearly black in color with intense tannins and dark fruit flavors.


Harrison Clarke Vineyard, Ballard Canyon AVA, Santa Ynez Valley, California

The Harrison Clarke vineyard is located in the Purisma Hills in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.  The vineyard is within the boundaries of the newly designated Ballard Canyon AVA.  The limestone soils and cool microclimate make this an ideal location for growing Syrah and other Rhone varietals.  The Syrah we make from the vineyard is dark in color with a pronounced acid backbone and spice only found from a cool climate vineyard.

 

John Sebastiano Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, Santa Barbara County, California

We source Chardonnay from the steep hillsides of one of the newest plantings in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, the John Sebastiano Vineyard.  The 150 acre vineyard sits within the cool and windy marine influenced climate of the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. The grapes benefit from the strong Pacific Ocean winds and marine fog layer that makes this region so unique.

 


Ghost Block Vineyard, Yountville AVA, Napa Valley, California

The Ghost Block Vineyard is planted on a gently sloping knoll on the north edge of Yountville between the warmer up-valley climate and the cooling maritime influence of the San Francisco Bay to the south. The vineyard is named in honor of the historic Pioneer Cemetery for which it borders. According to local lore, the ghost of George C. Yount, the first person to plant a grapevine in the Valley, wanders the hillside vineyard overseeing the vast industry he started. The vineyard is planted to old Mondavi Clone Cabernet Sauvignon.  Temperatures during the long growing season are warm enough to produce perfectly ripe and flavorful fruit, with cool evening winds that ensure finesse and balance.  The vineyard is farmed organically.

 

 

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