Russian River Valley
Situated in the heart of the Russian River Valley, our 12 acre Estate rests atop the Laguna Ridge, overlooking the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Most notable is our Tower Block, two acres planted to Heritage Clone 37 (also known as the Mt. Eden clone), which Martin Ray brought from France in the 1930’s. Situated just below is our Home Ranch Block, consisting of Dijon clones 828, 667, and 777, as well as 943, a high aromatic, low yielding clone that France negotiated a royalty payment for every bud sold in the United States. Northeast facing, this steep sloping vineyard is planted on enviable Goldridge soil, and sees idyllic conditions of fog in the morning and coastal breezes in the evening. Planted in 2011 and farmed by renowned vineyard manager Jim Pratt, we have high expectations for this young vineyard, and the flagship of our Pinot Noir program.
Napa Valley is synonymous with Cabernet Sauvignon and we have been working with growers in the valley for decades. The famed valley and its surrounding mountains and hillsides are the source for our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon, which brings together the perfect marriage of the contrasting styles that each vineyard yields.
While Napa Valley is only 30 miles long and a few miles wide, its unparalleled diversity of microclimates and geography make it one of the most renowned wine growing regions in the world. Not only are its variances in elevation impressive, it is a geological force, with some of the most diverse soils that exist anywhere. Taking advantage of the quality and variation of styles coming from each appellation within Napa, we draw from the silky, earthy, more readily approachable valley ﬂoor fruit, and chewy tannins and tertiary proﬁles that exist from Mountain appellations. Each vineyard, whether from Stags Leap, Rutherford, or Howell Mountain, yields distinct characteristics that shape and define our Synthesis Cabernet Sauvignon.