Napa Valley, Coombsville
East of the town of Napa, Coombsville Vineyard is cooled by the fog and breezes blowing off San Pablo Bay. The 65-acre site is planted to Bordeaux varietals on gently sloping terrain. The cooler climate allows for a nice long growing season and produces a fleshy, more opulent interpretation of the grape. Planted to clones 4 and 337 on 110R rootstock, the clusters here are smaller due to slightly distressed soils and lower precipitation totals in this section of Napa.
Napa Valley, Howell Mountain
East of Calistoga, Ink Grade stands atop the Vaca Range on the eastern side of Howell Mountain. The high elevation causes daytime temperatures to be cooler and evening temperatures to be slightly warmer than the Napa floor. Planted in 1990, Ink Grade stretches across 200 acres of terraced mountainous terrain. The site, planted to a quad trellis, ekes out between 2 and 2.5 tons per acre. The iron rich red clay and decomposed volcanic ash, are poor in nutrients and have difficulty retaining water. This combination stresses the vines to produce small berries with deeply structured spicy notes and robust tannins. This is one of the more technologically advanced sites, using “stress modules” to determine ripening and enables us to do multiple picks for optimal ripeness.
Lone Oak Vineyard
Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey
This 146-acre vineyard is planted on an east-facing slope near the center of the Santa Lucia Highlands. The Chardonnay is a mix of Dijon clones and was planted nearly 20 years ago. Spacing is 6’ x 6’ and the vines are planted on 5C and 101-14 rootstocks in Chualar Loam soils with a bit of clay that helps retain warmth during the brisk mornings and chilly evening winds off Monterey Bay. Chardonnays created from Lone Oak emphasize racy acidity, clean pear and apple flavors and a depth found only with older vines like these.