This historic 100 hectare property lies 3.5 kilometres north of Calistoga, at the base of Mount St. Helena. The region lies on a complex terroir with a mixture of alluvial and volcanic soils, some on the flat, some on steeply sided hillsides. Extending out from the Napa River is the alluvial soil, the most prevalent type on the property. In the back and outside areas of the vineyard are volcanic soils, formed by ancient lava flows caused by tectonic uplifting. Sustainable farming is practised avoiding the use of any chemical fertilisers. Instead organic chicken manure and compost made with the previous season`s pomace - seeds, stems and grape skins left after crushing is used. Ladybirds are used to combat unwanted pests, and light ploughing is done to keep the vineyard clean and free from weeds. Harvesting is carried out at night to preserve the fruit.
Some years Mother Nature throws you a curve ball, but with years of practice and experience you can see that slider coming and
still connect for a home run. 2008 was one of those years where everything seemed to conspire to make life difficult here in the
A cold frosty spring caused some damage and reduced the size of the crop, then the heat and wind showed up right in time for
bloom, resulting in widespread shatter, again reducing the crop here on the Estate. e heart of the growing season was actually
quite nice and normal, but then the heat showed up for the harvest pushing some of the fruit to dehydration and serving up the
final challenge of the season. Lots of movement on that curveball. Despite all these challenges, 2008 produced an incredible,
concentrated and exceptional Estate Cabernet that is very representative of the vintage.