Vineyard and Winemaking
Appellation : Grapes grown on Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley
Acreage : 20 Acres planted in two blocks
Geological Situation : Vineyards face West, with cool evenings affected by Lake Hennesey
Soil : Rocky-Clay-Loam on both upper and lower slopes
Grape Varietals : 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with average age of vines 15 years
Vine-Growing Techniques : Organic farming practices. Ground seeded with cover crop and mowed in Spring. Green harvest in early June followed by bunch thinning and de-leafing in September. Manual picking
Reception : Sorting of grapes before and after de-stemming. Only whole berries are put in tanks.
Maceration : Five day initial cold soak for more flavor development. Seven to ten day fermentation. Wine is pumped over twice daily using a sprinkler system.
Barrel Transfer : Wine is drained off skins at finish of fermentation. Only free-run is put in barrels. Barels are 100% new French Oak.
Aging : 18-24 months