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.
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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