Our Wines

Our mission is to seek out small vineyard parcels in the Napa Valley that are truly unique and optimal for growing age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.  We bottle our wines without filtration to demonstrate the integrity of our work.

For the 2014 vintage we produced three small bottling lots from two of our favorite Napa Valley appellations:  Rutherford and  Mount Veeder.

2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is primarily sourced from the Garvey Home Ranch the rests in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains on the Rutherford bench. We also blended in some Merlot and Cabernet Franc to add texture and spice to the blend.

The Garvey Home Ranch in the western hills of Rutherford, just above the bench, is a certified Organic block of Cabernet Sauvignon. The cordon-pruned Clone 4 is planted in rocky loam soils on a steep, low-yielding hillside block. These vines produce loose, small-berried clusters that contribute to intense berry flavors, deep color and concentrated tannins.

The Merlot and Cabernet Franc components of the blend are sourced from vineyards on Howell Mountain and Rutherford. As this wine is a nod to the Bordeaux tradition, these two varieties add dimension and complexity with spice, tobacco and earthy loam notes.

In 2014 we opted to blend a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Muscatine Vineyard. This 1/2-acre parcel planted with clone 337 in Aiken Loam soil is tucked away in the rugged Soda Canyon at about 800 feet above sea level.  The fruit from this vineyard has deep blackberry flavors with big tannins that add depth and structure to the blend.

Click HERE for a copy of the technical data sheet.

2014 Rutherford Proprietary Red Blend

The 2014 Rutherford Proprietary Red Blend is an homage to Bordeaux, where many of the early winemaking pioneers of Napa Valley looked for a benchmark.  Like in Bordeaux, we want to highlight the regional terroir and create a blend where the individual grape varieties are harmoniously balanced and completely mesh with each other.  The result is an interplay of blackberry fruit and spice with the fine grained tannins that typify Rutherford.

The Garvey Home Ranch in the western hills of Rutherford, just above the bench, is a certified Organic block of Cabernet Sauvignon. The cordon-pruned Clone 4 is planted in rocky loam soils on a steep, low-yielding hillside block. These vines produce loose, small-berried clusters that contribute to intense berry flavors, deep color and concentrated tannins.

The Merlot and Cabernet Franc components of the blend are sourced from vineyards on Howell Mountain and Rutherford. As this wine is a nod to the Bordeaux tradition, these two varieties add dimension and complexity with spice, tobacco and earthy loam notes.

In 2014 we opted to blend a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Muscatine Vineyard. This 1/2-acre parcel planted with clone 337 in Aiken Loam soil is tucked away in the rugged Soda Canyon at about 800 feet above sea level.  The fruit from this vineyard has deep blackberry flavors with big tannins that add depth and structure to the blend.

Click HERE for a copy of the technical data sheet.

2014 Mt. Veeder Konrad Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The Konrad Vineyard block KL3 is a ½ acre parcel planted to Cabernet Sauvignon clone 337. Situated high up on Mount Veeder at 1170 feet above sea level, the vineyard is above the marine layer of clouds that often blankets the Napa Valley on summer mornings. As a result, this high elevation vineyard has all-day sun exposure, but with more moderate temperatures. The well-draining clay-gravel loam soils on this part of the mountain are perfect for these mature, deep-rooted grapevines.

Mount Veeder is the largest AVA within Napa Valley, but its rugged nature has limited production to just 1.3% of Napa Valley grapes. Due to the scarcity of plantable sites only about 1,000 acres out of 25 square miles are planted to grapes. Yields from the mountain vineyards are exceptionally low (usually about 2 tons/acre for Cabernet Sauvignon) – about half the Napa Valley average.

Like most of the mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon wines from the region, the Konrad Vineyard produces a concentrated and monolithic wine with deep black currant flavors with shades of mocha and toast.  This highly structured wine will continue to evolve in the bottle well into the next decade or more.

Click HERE for a copy of the technical data sheet.

2017 Mendocino Ridge Sauvignon Blanc

The Mendocino Ridge is one of the highest appellations in California. This Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is situated at 2200 feet above sea level and lies about 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The area is often referred to as an island in the clouds, as most of the ridge rises above the thick marine layer that blankets the coastal mountains on summer mornings. On this hill the Gube-Garcia-Snook complex soils are well-draining on 30 to 50 percent slopes, and the roots are in clay loam down to about 34 inches before hitting paralithic bedrock.

We hand-harvested the Sauvignon Blanc on October 7th, and the clusters were allowed to cool overnight on their skins. Skin contact allows the juice to extract delicate aromatic chemicals called thiols that contribute to vareital character. We de-stemmed about 90% of the fruit, leaving the balance as whole clusters to facilitate pressing. The fresh juice was extracted using a small, stainless steel basket press and transferred to three-year-old French Oak Burgandy barrels for fermentation. After completing fermentation, the barrels were topped, and we began the batonnage cycle of regular lees stirring. This method served two main objectives: to prevent oxidation and to release polysaccharides from the yeast cells as they degrade. Batonnage contributes to a fuller and rounder palate without sacricing the racy acidity needed for crisp mouthfeel. After five months in barrel, we bottled the wine in the traditional Burgandy bottle as a nod to the Sauvignon Blancs from Touraine, Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre in the Loire Valley that inspire our winemaking style. Only three barrels (fewer than 900 bottles) were produced of this truly hand-crafted Mendocino Ridge Sauvignon Blanc.

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