Stagecoach Vineyard www.stagecoachvineyard.com
Stagecoach rests on the southern face of Pritchard Hill adjoining Eastern Oakville from an elevation of 900' climbing to over 1700'. More than 500,000 vines are planted on Stagecoach's 1200 acres, among rock and chaparral. Chappellet, Bryant Family, Colgin, David Arthur, and Cloudview are some of the estates that grace the same appellation.
Supporting a myriad of different exposures, terroir, and over a dozen and a half varietals, Stagecoach is one of the most intriguing sites in the Napa Valley. Not only does it boast a collection of the best selections and clones of cabernet sauvignon in California, but its south and west face facing slopes contain some of the best syrah and malbec in the valley.
One of the factors that make Stagecoach Vineyard unique is the cool fog that rolls off the hills each summer morning around 7:00 a.m. Sun shines on the vines for a large amount of hours each day, even though the average temperature during ripening is a full 1-2 degree Celsius below the Oakville mean. This combination of cool nights and lengthy warm days promotes great complexity due to optimal hang time. Another major factor is the well-drained soils that make up almost the entire base of the vines. Several large rocks dot the landscape and smaller gravel to tiny pebbles break up the few feet of soil that a vine’s roots find purchase in, until being forced to make their way through broken volcanic rock.
Krupp Vineyard http://www.kruppbrothers.com/vineyards/index
The hunt to find unrivaled vineyard land led Dr. Jan Krupp high into Napa Valley’s eastern hills to a harsh mountain site, strewn with rocks and choked with chaparral, straddling Pritchard Hill and the Atlas Peak appellation. The coolest of the three vineyards Jan culitivates, Krupp Vineyard’s hilly terrain, cool nights, and well-draining soils provide a longer, fuller growing season for early-ripening Merlot, Tempranillo, and Malbec. Later ripening Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the warmer, higher elevations, where it fully develops to provide firm, yet silky tannin structures to its wines.
Soberanes Vineyard www.soberanesvineyard.com
We are pleased to work with the Pisoni and Franscioni families in their newest vineyard, Soberanes Vineyard, sourcing Pinot Noir grapes. Located in the heart of the Santa Lucia Highlands along the foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range in Monterey County, the vineyard is composed mostly of Granite. The cold water of the Pacific brings fog and cool breezes in the evening allowing for a slow ripening of the Pinot Noir grapes. The cool weather of Monterey County contributes to a nice balanced structure of acidity and ripeness.
Located on six acres of land in the Russian River appellation of Sonoma County, Inspiration Vineyard is a quadrilateral cordon trellised vineyard. While this helps increase the yield, the terroir of the vineyard allows for a larger yield without loss of quality. The Russian River’s soil is predominantly Goldridge loam soil, a fine sandy substance deposited from an inland sea that emptied into the Pacific some 3 million years ago. The clone of Chardonnay in the Inspiration Vineyard is Dijon Clone 4.
Martinelli Road Vineyard http://www.martinelliwinery.com/vineyard/martinelli-road/
Martinelli Road is located in the southwestern sub AVA of Green Valley in the Russian River AVA. Due to it’s placement in the southwest of the Russian River AVA, Green Valley sees the first and last of the fog from the Petaluma Gap. This causes the region to be the coolest and foggiest portion of the Russian River and perfect for Chardonnay. Like the rest of the Russian River, the soil here is predominantly Goldridge loam which provides excellent drainage and a chemical balance. The other common soil in the Green Valley is Franciscan soil which has higher magnesium content that suits the cool climate of the AVA exceptionally well. The clone of Chardonnay found in Martinelli Road Vineyard is Wente.