Broken Rock Vineyard
Broken Rock Vineyard is strategically located in the Atlas Peak AVA just off Silverado Trail, and features volcanic and granite-like sub soil. Western exposure on the slope provides abundant ripening afternoon sun to deliver brawny hillside structure, dark fruit aromatics and rich valley floor flavor. Elite vineyard designer & operator, Bill Hill, owns Broken Rock. The vines chosen for our Broken Rock Cabernet Sauvignon are grown from Clone 337 on Riperia Gloire rootstock using bi-lateral cordon trellising and vertical shoot position (“VSP”) training.
Found in the eastern hills above the City of Napa, the Atlas Peak AVA is among the coolest of Napa Valley’s mountain appellations. Facing mostly southwest, the AVA gets just enough direct sunlight in the afternoon and is well insulated from the heat of the valley floor. Heat spikes are uncommon, which reduces the chance of sunburn, dehydration or sugar accumulation in the grapes before maturity. Temperatures drop at night to help maintain grape acidity.
Atlas Peak rises from 760 to 2,663 feet above sea level, and with volcanic, brick-red, iron-rich soils that tend to be fairly shallow and easily drained. Vine growth is limited, and yields small berries with thick skins. Structure, stony minerality and complexity are the result.
Fern Rock Vineyard
Located in the Spring Mountain AVA, Fern Rock Vineyard is a steeply terraced property that eeks out just two tons of fruit per acre. Nutrient-poor Boomer, Felton and Millsholm soils and high elevation produce boldly structured wines with classic mountain-grown characters and powerfully concentrated black and blue fruit on the nose and palate. The vines chosen for our Broken Rock Cabernet Sauvignon are grown from Clone 7 on 5C rootstock using open lyre trellising.
The Spring Mountain AVA lies above the town of St. Helena on the eastern side of the Mayacamas Mountains. Clear running springs and thick forest acreage throughout the mountain give the area its name and personality, a world away from the valley below.
The AVA lies mostly along the winding Spring Mountain Road, ranging from 500 to 2,600 feet in elevation. Less than 10 percent of the AVA’s 5,000 acres are planted to grapevines, and most of those are steep and forested. Sedimentary and volcanic loam soils with high drainage and low fertility are typical.
One of the most historic and sought-after properties in the new world, G3 was originally owned and planted by Thomas Rutherford in 1895. Wines from this vineyard consistently score in the high 90s — opulent, rich and full-bodied with black currant, cedar, black-licorice and cherry complimented by earthy flavors associated with Rutherford Dust. Gravelly, loamy soils derived from alluvial sandstone bedrock dominate this part of Napa Valley. Lying low on the valley floor, G3 resides on the Rutherford Bench, a coveted parcel near the Napa River and Conn Creek where pockets of clay beneath creek-bed soils provide vines with an excellent balance of moisture and nutrients. Western exposure and cool morning mist from the Pacific allow fruit to ripen slowly, producing grapes that reach full phenolic maturity and elegant wines having structure, finesse and a long finish.
Located on the northern edge of the Rutherford AVA, Melrose reveals characteristics more often associated with Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard’s heavier clay soils, render a more nuanced, reserved interpretation of the grape with a lush blend of red and black fruits and hints of eucalyptus and mint. Moderately warm and only marginally influenced by cooling morning mist, fruit tends to ripen a bit more slowly and steadily here than in surrounding areas. What we get are grapes with optimum balance of acidity to tannin and, most importantly, Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects the finesse and character of wines crafted in the traditional Bordeaux style.
The Stagecoach Vineyard has been called the last frontier of the Napa Valley – a wilder, more rugged country, fragrant with wild herbs and dotted with rare native plants. Our Cabernet Franc block is located in the vineyard’s Pritchard Hill area, with red, volcanic soils made up of a boulder-strewn clay loam and solid rock outcroppings that have been dynamited to create a more uniform soil base. This area’s southwestern slopes and location retain heat, but what makes this spot completely unique is its position at the very mouth of Foss Valley, overlooking Napa Valley with a southerly view of the San Francisco Bay. There usually is a steady breeze coming up from the valley, providing more marine influence than the rest of the vineyard – the fog usually arrives here first.
All of these factors contribute to Pritchard Hill’s unique terroir, positioning our block for ultimate ripening weather. Ripe, bold, and extremely concentrated describes the fruit from this region, which is destined for ultra-premium wines.
Rodgers Creek Vineyard
Rodgers Creek Vineyard is a 297 acre ranch (83.5 acres planted) sitting as a crown jewel a short distance from the Pacific coast. Planted in 2001, the vines have an east-west orientation, allowing the canopy to protect the fruit from steady winds on the hill. The site is about 600 feet above sea level and is so uniquely located that the steep, terraced blocks get plenty of afternoon sun and wind. Constant wind and fog from the east meet temperate weather from the Bay, providing us with later ripening Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The yields from this mountain site are just around 2.5 tons per acre. Did we mention the view? Clear days reveal 180-degree views from Napa to San Francisco, Marin and Petaluma.
Sta. Rita Hills
Courtney’s Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Sta. Rita Hills is one of California’s smaller and premier cool-climate AVAs, with 99% of its territory falling within the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA. Intersected by the Santa Ynez River, this picturesque region lies between the towns of Buellton and Lompoc in Santa Barbara County. Courtney’s Vineyard is a 52-acre hillside property featuring limestone-based soil types. Typical of Sta. Rita Hills, the site is cool and generously influenced by the Pacific coast. The vines chosen for our Chardonnay are grown from Clone 4 using bi-lateral cordon trellising and VSP training.
Lindsay’s Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. Sta. Rita Hills is one of California’s smaller and premier cool-climate AVAs, with 99% of its territory falling within the larger Santa Ynez Valley AVA. Intersected by the Santa Ynez River, this picturesque region lies between the towns of Buellton and Lompoc in Santa Barbara County. Lindsay’s Vineyard has 205-acres of rolling hills featuring six distinct, limestone-based soil types. Like Courtney’s, this site is cool and generously influenced by the Pacific coast. Lindsay’s is planted to a mix of heritage and heirloom Pinot Noir clones carefully matched to the terroir. The vines chosen for our Pinot Noir are grown from Clones Pommard 4 and 2a, using bi-lateral cordon trellising and VSP training.