Benjamin Franklin said...
"The discovery of a great wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars."
We know that every great wine is born from superior vineyards and we thank our lucky stars to have paired with Napa's Stagecoach Vineyards and Alexander Valley's Van Ness Vineyards.
STAGECOACH VINEYARD, NAPA VALLEY
From the rocky, volcanic soils overlooking Oakville, the acclaimed Stagecoach Vineyards provides us with superb, high-elevation Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon clusters of concentrated complexity, truly reflecting the nature of this truly breathtaking site.
VAN NESS VINEYARD, ALEXANDER VALLEY
Alexander Valley's Van Ness Vineyard sits at 1200 ft. elevation and was developed specifically for Palmeri. In the late 1990s winemaker Kerry Damskey started talking to his neighbor, Denny Van Ness, about how his ranch in the Mayacamas Mountains above the Alexander Valley in Californias Sonoma County would be for Syrah grapes. Kate and Denny had never planned to grow grapes, but Kerry convinced them that their particular terroir might be perfect to allow him to make a luscious, full-bodied and food-friendly wine in the Rhone tradition. The idea that they could help create something special led the Van Ness to commission soil analysis of different parts of the ranch, seeking the just-right soils and exposures within the complex geology of the mountains. The results for a few places were very positive, so then the Palmeri team selected root stock and particular clones and the vineyard, just three acres in total, was planted in 2000 as four separate blocks to capture the best locations on well drained south facing slopes. Denny makes sure that the grapes are intensively farmed to Kerrys specifications.
SWEETWATER SADDLE, DRY CREEK VALLEY
Closer to the cooling influences of the Russian River's natural fog inversion effect, Sweetwater Saddle Vineyard rests atop a lonely peak at 1,700 feet, just 15 miles away from the Pacific Ocean above the Dry Creek Valley. The Cabernet Sauvignon is rooted in layers of ancient marine sea floor, pushed upwards in the creation of the Coastal Range some 30 million years ago. This stunning site shows notes of cassis, Bing cherry, cigar box and black licorice. Julie Simpson developed this amazing vineyard with her late husband Stan in 1997. Today, she remains true to their shared vision of growing iconic mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. We're very excited to be working with this vineyard, precision farmed for small, flavor dense clusters that we look for in premium high-elevation fruit.
...Vineyards chosen to lead our high-elevation revolution!