Beckstoffer To Kalon vineyard
It is difficult not to be impressed by this extraordinary site. Stretching from the foot of the Mayacamas Mountains to Highway 29, To Kalon is arguably Napa Valley’s most famous vineyard. Originally planted in 1868 by early pioneer Hamilton Crabb, this Oakville property has a majestic quality that charms vintners and connoisseurs alike. It is a vineyard that inspires the few who have the privilege of sourcing fruit here to work with even greater precision to allow its purity to shine through. With a name that is aptly translated as “the highest beauty,” To Kalon embodies grace, power, and unapologetic confidence. The blocks from which we source are part of the 89 acres purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1993. Replanted in 1994 with modern trellising and closer vine spacing that nods to European tradition, the vines here must work harder as they compete with one another, bringing about smaller yields of tiny berries with intense fruit flavors. The wines we make from this pristine gravelly loam soil articulate luxurious aromatics and opulent texture. The profile of cassis and graphite is unmistakable, lending to the distinctive expression of a lauded provenance.
Beckstoffer Dr. Crane vineyard
Like To Kalon and Las Piedras, Dr. Crane is a true first growth vineyard of Napa Valley. Nestled unassumingly in the midst of a residential neighborhood in St. Helena, the gravelly loam soils that give life to these vines are steadfast and faithful. The site, which shares a Sulphur Creek alluvial fan with Las Piedras, has experienced the complete evolution of the wine industry from its inception to prohibition - when this land became home to St. Helena’s Chinatown - to its current state of acclaim. Beckstoffer Vineyards acquired the historic vineyard in 1997 and replanted the vines a year later. Everything it has seen, every story its soil has heard, is infused in the grapes that thrive here. We taste its wisdom and its pride as we are offered extraordinary dense, complex, and rich aromatics and flavors that, like the vineyard itself, maintain a graceful profile. However, it is always the floral notes spiked with minerality that speak to us the most.
Beckstoffer Las Piedras vineyard
Dark and brooding wines hail from the Beckstoffer Las Piedras vineyard. Crouched against the base of Spring Mountain, this 25 acre plot is a foreboding sight of renegade rocks spilled into an alluvial fan on the outskirts of town. Its name means tiny pebbles, referring to its notable gravelly loam and river wash soil that provides support for roots, fast drainage, and naturally low yields. A heritage vineyard that can be traced back to the Mexican land grants, Las Piedras was first planted in the 1840s after General Vallejo gave the property as a wedding gift to Edward Bale and his new wife. It was the first vineyard planted in what is now designated as the St. Helena AVA. The Beckstoffer family added it to their portfolio in 1983, planting it to two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. Rockier than any other site we work with, the wines we produce from these grapes have a mineral-driven profile that is layered throughout the depth of rich, concentrated fruit. Our vines are located in the D2 Block planted to Clone 4 on 110R rootstock.
Beckstoffer GIII vineyard
The historic Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford was partially planted in 1895 by Mrs Thomas Rutherford. It was purchased and fully developed by Georges de Latour in 1928 for Beaulieu Vineyards whose legendary winemaker, Andre Tchelistcheff, crafted brilliant wines from this vineyard and established its glowing reputation. Purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1988, the vineyard has since been replanted using new Cabernet Sauvignon clones with tighter spacing and advanced trellising systems.
The site was chosen by Richard Steltzner as ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon after tasting the quality of neighbor Nathan Fays homemade Cabernet Sauvignon in the early 1960’s. Planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1964, the grapes were originally sold to various wineries and neighbors. The famed 1972 Clos Du Val Cabernet Sauvignon, a winner at the Judgment of Paris tasting, as well as the first release of Joseph Phelps Insignia all were crafted from grapes grown on the Estate. Meticulous farming by Jim Barbour combined with mature vineyards, provide amazing quality of fruit. Situated on the Eastern side of Napa Valley, at the base of the Stags Leap Palisades, the fruit grown on this is truly remarkable vineyard site benefits from the gentle slope and elevation, unique soils and cool breezes from the San Pablo Bay. Resulting wines show an extraordinary mix of intensity, silkiness, power and grace.
Vice Versa Estate vineyard
Nestled in the steep hillside between Howell Mountain and Saint Helena, this 30 year old vineyard planted on white volcanic tufa, is an absolute jewel. Planted and meticulously farmed by viticulturist extraordinaire David Abreu, this vineyard is the birthplace of several brilliant Napa Valley wines, including Abreu Thorevilos and Colgin Cariad. Fruit from this site show extraordinary richness, intensity, depth, ultra fine tannins and minerality.
At nearly 1,300 feet above sea level on southward sloping acreage on Pritchard Hill, Houyi Vineyard sits above the fog, basking in the morning sunshine. The red volcanic soil is exceptionally rocky, well drained and ideal for growing vines that yield incredibly concentrated fruit. We will begin to work with our dedicated block in 2016. Our first harvest from this outstanding site will be 2017.
Sitting high above the morning fog, at an altitude of 800 ft on a ridge line near the Pacific Ocean, Platt is one of the coolest sites on the coast and is renowned for the extraordinary quality of its Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. The vines produce very small crops of intense fruit at very low sugar levels. We are extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with this vineyard as we believe that it is one of the few true Grand Cru sites in California.
Sleeping Lady vineyard
The Sleeping Lady Vineyard rests against the western hills, just south of the town of Yountville. It is named after the silhouette that the unique ridge line of the Mayacamas Moutains just above the vineyard makes against the skyline. The reclining lady’s flowing hair and limbs actually mark the alluvial fans that have deposited perfectly balanced loam soils at the site, along with plenty of gravel and rock, providing excellent drainage. The terroir at Sleeping Lady is exceptionally well suited to producing ultra high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit quality here is exceptional, beautifully structured, refined and elegant.