The vineyards we work with are carefully selected based on elevation, farming practices and soils. They are dramatic sites, remote, unique and immersed in the beauty of their surroundings. Mountain sites are special, they have their own life and evoke emotion, and these vineyards pulse with that energy.
Bald Mountain Vineyard
Planted in 1972, Bald Mountain vineyard is remarkable. In a cool bowl at the bottom of the site we found exactly what we were looking for in Chardonnay plantings. The vineyard is planted to heritage California clones that we believe thrive in poor soils, and develop a true depth of texture and flavor. Vines are dry farmed, and grow on pure fractured basalt rock, which is truly a dramatic sight. The combination of dry farmed, old vines, high elevation and interaction with the parental material of the mountain vines express their wild and unique character.
The mountain factor is very present in the wines from Bald Mountain, with a chalkiness, salinity and minerality translating in a bright and genuine way. It's as mineral as it gets.
- Rodrigo Soto
Alta Vista Vineyard
Above the town of Sonoma facing the San Francsico Bay, these more than 50 year old, dry farmed vines on terraces are fully adapted to their growing conditions. The vines at Alta Vista are truly part of the site following the contours of the hill producing exceptional fruit for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Alta Vista's challenge is in taking the time to understand all its facets: the range in altitude, expositions, old plant material. If you treat the vineyard with care and respect, and really pay attention, it rewards you.