Linda Vista Vineyard

Oak Knoll, Napa Valley

This certified organic vineyard is owned and farmed by Steve Matthiasson, one of the most innovative viticulturists and winemakers of his generation. This west Oak Knoll area where he lives is one of the classic Chardonnay spots in Napa—Chardonnay from just behind this vineyard won the famous Paris tasting in 1976. The cool winds off the San Pablo Bay bring acidity and freshness, while the Napa sun gives flesh and ripeness. The 25-year old vines were originally planted by Beringer, and Steve takes meticulous care of them as they enter maturity.

Beller Vineyard

Mount Veeder, Napa Valley

The Beller vineyard is located on the west side of Mount Veeder facing the Oakvile Grade.  It is an uplifted mesa surrounded by manzanita and madrone forest.   The well-drained volcanic soils and cooler mountain climate combine to give grapes of great varietal character and balanced acidity. The Complant Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from a block of Cabernet Sauvignon ENTAV clone 169 and from a nearby block of Petit Verdot.  Although the origin of the budwood is obscure, Daniel says that it is the best Petit Verdot he has tasted since his time in Bordeaux.

Soberanes Vineyard

Santa Lucia Highlands

Soberanes Vineyard is owned jointly by the Franscioni and Pisoni families, both well established Salinas Valley farming families.  It is located in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA which has the rare viticultural combination of cool temperatures and aridity.  The cool temperatures are due to the proximity of Monterey Bay and the aridity is due to the constant winds.  These conditions combined with the sloping hills, granite-laden and sandy loam soils yield Pinot Noir of great vibrancy, complexity and color.  Daniel surveys the vineyard throughout the spring and summer and he and Sam are usually the first winemakers to pick in order to preserve bright acidity, moderate alcohol and vibrant Pinot varietal character.

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