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red linksbelow to explore the various grape-growing regions where you'll find our vineyards. (And if you're feeling fancy, you can impress your friends by referring to these regions as AVAs – American Viticultural Areas).
Wild Horse Valley
Located in the historically famous State Lane vicinity, our vineyard runs along the Stags Leap AVA – and our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes reflect this tenderloin area. This valley floor fruit is intense, and brings a delicious lushness to our blend, as well as a black fruit structure. Elegant, harmonious complexity is where the Stags Leap characteristics shine through, but this Yountville vineyard produces a bigger and bolder wine that showcases how truly fabulous this area is for growing grapes. (We should mention that Petit Verdot and Malbec grapes are also found in our vineyard here...wouldn't want to leave anyone out.)
Mount Veeder [x]
Our home vineyard is located just along the Oak Knoll and Mount Veeder AVAs. We love our slope-side vineyard, and it's located high enough in the mountain to be influenced by the heavy marine-layer fog that rolls through – that means cooler days, and windy afternoons. The vines are tough up here and they respond by producing thick skins, and by ripening slowly – nearly 3 weeks behind the valley floor. This extra relaxation period means that the grapes build added character and complexity. The up-and-down terrain adds unique, nuanced variables, and this vineyard produces the inky purple wines that you've come to expect from us – wines that also have vibrant acidity, spiciness and the telltale flavors of tangy black cherry and sage. The vines are just hitting their stride at 9-years of age, so we're pretty excited to see what these vines have in store for future vintages!
Oak Knoll [x]
Our home vineyard is on the edge of Oak Knoll and Mount Veeder, so check out the Mount Veeder section to learn more.
Howell Mountain [x]
This AVA should need no introduction. Although small in size, it certainly isn't small in reputation, thanks to the ridiculously great wines that are produced here. Our vineyard is steep, rugged and mountain stressed – just the way we like 'em. The tiny Cabernet grapes are full of intensity, and impart flavors of spice, minerals, earth and deep, dark fruit. Have you ever tasted something uniquely delicious in one of our Cabernets that you couldn't quite put your finger on? Well, it was probably courtesy of the grapes in our Howell Mountain vineyard. Sometimes reputations are rightfully deserved.
This may be the newest Napa Valley AVA on the block, but its influence has been well established for the past 20 years. Some of the most famous cabernets have used this region as their secret source for grapes, and we're nuts about how the vines react to this colder growing climate. Despite their struggle to ripen the fruit, the vines produce small, concentrated grapes that are the darkest of dark in color, and intense in flavor. Anise, tar, earth and blackcurrant are some of the standout flavors. The intense concentration and texture takes our wines to the next level, and we're increasing our acreage before the secrets of this region get out. Shhh!
Sonoma Coast [x]
Running the length of the northern California coast, this is, hands down, our favorite AVA for Chardonnay. This is a colder growing region thanks to the marine layer fog that envelops it in the morning and afternoon. The long, slow ripening leads to fresh fruit and mineral flavors, as well as bright acidity and more character than you can shake a stick at. When it comes to foggy, windy and cold vineyards, we can't seem to help ourselves. Chances are we'll be the ones who are crazy enough to be out exploring the hidden recesses of the Sonoma Coast, in search of the perfect Chardonnay vineyard.
Anderson Valley [x]
For four years, we searched for the perfect location for our Pinot Noir vineyard – and we finally decided on Anderson Valley. This beautiful, small valley is just minutes away from the Northern Pacific Coast, all the way up in Mendocino County. This AVA was made for Pinot Noir because it produces medium-colored wines that have those subtle pinot nuances that we love – delicate, delicious and complex flavors are coaxed effortlessly from the grapes. Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs are unique, and they perfectly reflect their growing region – a rarity today, we can assure you.
VINEYARD CARE & PRACTICES
Handcrafted wines begin in the vineyard with hands-on, individual care, every single day.
End of discussion.
Okay, you've twisted our arm... we'll elaborate further. Continuous TLC in the vineyard is the most important factor when it comes to making a balanced, complex and ridiculously delicious wine that keeps your taste buds coming back for more. And we're not just talking about walking through our vineyards to make sure everything looks okay – we're talking about spending so much hands-on time in the vineyard that we're able to tell you the personality of every grape in there – naturally, the sour ones with a bad attitude, get the boot.
Joking aside, we don't allow a single, unhealthy grape to make it into our bottles.
We're able to make this guarantee because, from budburst in the spring, through to harvest in the Fall and beyond, we are constantly focused on the grapes in our vineyards. We position every vine shoot by hand, to allow for optimal sun exposure; we thin the crop by hand to ensure that each vine only has as much fruit as it can fully ripen in that season; we remove, by hand, any individual grapes that are struggling to ripen or are damaged; and we eat, sleep and breathe irrigation so that the vines are always receiving optimal watering to allow for maximum flavor development, throughout the vineyard. This is just a quick synopsis of how much love and attention we give our vineyards, but hopefully you're getting the idea. In case it wasn't clear, we believe in doing things by hand.
At harvest, the grapes are treated ever-so-delicately from the moment they're clipped from the vine, to the moment they're crushed at the winery. And then the process in the vineyards begins again. We use a natural, organic, nitrogen-rich cover crop to replenish the soil for the next growing season, and then we leave the vineyards and vines in peace for a well-deserved rest in the winter.
We're tired just thinking about all of the hard work and energy that goes into a single growing season. So why do we do it? Because we love it. And we hope that you love the handcrafted fruits of our labor, each time you pop the cork on a Sixteen by Twenty bottle of wine.
This video is cheaper than a plane ticket, and takes you on a quick trip down the Valley’s iconic Highway 29.