With wide ranging terrains, soils and micro climates, California is well known for the production of high quality wines and accounts for approximately 90% of all US wine production. We are located less than eight miles from the California border and will continue to rely on our neighbors to the west for grapes used in the production of many of our wines. We would like to introduce you to just a few of our preferred Golden state growers.
The Capp family is a third generation grower in the lush Suisun Valley which is connected to the south eastern border of Napa Valley. For years, most of the fruit from this area has gone to premium wineries of Napa Valley.
This beautiful hillside vineyard is up the valley from Suisun harbor providing warm, dry daytime temperatures but cool crisp nights. This helps the grapes ripen slowly with long hang times that help the fruit develop rich, complex flavors.
We are proud of our relationship with the Capps and source Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay from them. All the vineyards are carefully cared for and watering is used sparingly to intensify the grapes. All vines are hand picked at night or early morning to maintain freshness.
The Tumbus Vineyards sit on one of the most spectacular locations in all of the Sierra Foothills. This area, also known as Amador County, is laced with large rolling hills, huge oak trees and tall golden grass. This area has become recognized as an excellent growing region for quality Rhone varietals, Zinfandel and Barbera.
We began our relationship with Father Steve Tumbus and his wife Betsy in 2009. We have purchased Syrah, Viognier and Petite Sirah from this 10 acre vineyard. What we particularly like about working with this hardworking couple is how they personally attend to the vineyard and work with us to develop our grapes to our needs, recognizing the importance of the grower-winemaker cooperation. This is Gold country and we feel like we struck it with these dedicated, hands on growers.
The Penn Valley Vineyards are 260 acres of spectacular vineyards producing award winning wines.
We source Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot from here. Our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon produced from this vineyard received 3 Gold and 1 Double Gold medal. The perfect soils and temperatures provide optimal growing conditions. Moderate temperatures allow for a long hang time to allow full, rich development of the grapes.
We enjoy working with these growers as the fruit from this vineyard produces wines of intense yet balanced flavors with smooth tannins. We look forward to our future releases from this award winning vineyard and enjoy offering these wines to you.
In possibly the most spectacular setting we have ever seen, Mariah Vineyards in Mendocino County enjoys a view of the Pacific Ocean while remaining above the marine layer at 2,600 feet. This provides extremely optimum grape growing conditions. Enjoying the warm afternoon sun and very cool nights, the vineyard is dry-farmed and benefits from the rich, organic material of the redwood forest that once occupied this land. Because of the location, this vineyard is one of the latest ripening vineyards with harvest occurring October through mid November.
We source very rich, complex Syrah from this vineyard and are blown away by the smoky, earthy cool climate richness of this wine. Mendocino Ridge is the first non-contiguous appellation in the world! There are currently only 11 vineyards in this incredibly unique appellation. We are proud to count Dan & Vicki Dooling, owners of this world class estate, as our friends.
The Tecklenburg family was one of the early settlers to the Lodi area. They have one of the few remaining Zinfandel plantings that are over 100 years old with this vineyard planted in 1898. Now, five generations later the same passion for sweet and delicious grapes has been carried on by Jon Tecklenburg.
The Tokay, fine, sandy loam soil is home to these "ancient vine" Zinfandel grapes. The well drained sandy soil allows the vines to slowly draw the water down over the course of a season producing very uniform and balanced growth. This vineyard sits directly in the path of the cool coastal breeze influence which imparts excellent color and intense fruit flavors in the finished wine. We currently have several vintages of Old Vine Zinfandel in oak barrels aging and will release our first "Ancient Vine" Zinfandel in mid 2012.