Appellation: St. Helena, Napa Valley
Soils: The soils are low vigor, well drained, alluvial loams and sands.
Climate: The northeast portion of the St. Helena appellation is both the warmest and coldest of the Napa Valley micro-climates that we farm. Nestled in a nook, the vineyard is surrounded on three sides by hills, so airflow here is limited compared to our other vineyards. As the coldest site in the winter and spring, it runs the greatest risk of frost of all our vineyards. During the growing season, the vineyard has the widest temperature swings between night and day. This leads to very full bodied wines.
Varieties: Old Vine Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Charbonno
Comments: These dry farmed, head pruned vines range from 30-47 years old. In previous eras, Zinfandel made up 35 percent of the planted acreage in St. Helena with only 5 percent to Bordeaux varieties. Today the percentages are more than reversed. We are fortunate to work with a family that has owned this land since prior to prohibition, recalls its heritage and maintains these old plantings.