Our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from vineyards representing a range of geographies and microclimates throughout Napa Valley. Since 1999, Soda Canyon Ranch has served as our wine’s backbone, often accompanied by fruit from our Jump Rock Vineyard, as well as Navone Vineyard, a partner grower of more than 40 years. Soda Canyon Ranch’s dependability and versatility stems from its unique location at the intersection of four sub-AVAs: Atlas Peak, Oak Knoll District, Stags Leap District and Coombsville. This site boasts a diversity of volcanic soil formations, ranging from rocky, shallow deposits where Cabernet Sauvignon thrives to more fertile, clay-bearing soils that nurture Merlot. Fruit from this site provides a “chewy” textural component to the blend. The Atlas Peak and Oak Knoll District AVAs house vineyards that also play critical parts in the blend. Recent vintages have even furthered our explorations of the valley, yielding small amounts of incredible fruit from the hills above Rutherford, Diamond Mountain, and Mt. Veeder with promising results.
At 80% new and 20% once-used oak barrels, our Napa aging program employs significantly more new oak than Alexander Valley. Napa’s warmer climate produces more fruit-forward wines with bigger structures and higher alcohol. The higher proportion of new oak helps to shape and polish these intense wines. Over two years in barrel is required to harmonize the marriage of oak and wine that is the signature of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.