A mere 1.2 acres and planted in 2000 to 10 clones of pinot noir, including 777, 667, and swan clone own rooted, the vineyard is situated in mid Carmel Valley on a south facing hillside of up to 30 degree slope-The terraces reveal a terroir of clay and Carmel Valley Chalk, which imparts a wonderful minerality to the wine. There are 3 distinct blocks, the terraced hillside planted in a spacing of 8x4, the lower block of a planting of 6x4 and the guesthouse block in a spacing of 5x3. The dense planting on a single cordon, makes for very low yields and intense fruit quality. The climate is low region one, with warm days and very cool nights, so the growing season is extended, with hang time for the fruit of up to 120 days. Average harvest date is mid October.
Chalk Hill is a ruggedly beautiful 1,477 acre estate. Surrounded by heritage oak woodlands and natural riparian streams, a scant 350 vineyard acres meander— a patchwork of 60 different small vineyards, each dedicated to producing distinctive wines of elegance and power.
All wines at Chalk Hill are estate bottled, but our philosophy goes beyond the conventional definition. Each of our 60 vineyard blocks are tended throughout the year individually. The grapes are then hand harvested, parcel by parcel and fermented in small, distinct lots. This meticulous handling of the vines, grapes and finished wine allows the ultimate expression of Chalk Hill's many and varied terroirs.
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When a wine is made with the most carefully chosen fruit, in very small quantities, with unsparing attention to detail, a new level of excellence becomes possible.
Merus is handmade in every sense of the word. It is Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville, one of the last great undiscovered territories in southern Napa Valley. Winemaker Camille Benitah and Director of Winemaking Paul Hobbs ensure that severe pruning, cluster sorting, small-lot fermentations and careful lot selection combine to create a wine that is dense, concentrated and nuanced.
Located on the Eastern Edge of the Napa Valley overlooking Lake Hennessey and the Town of Rutherford, this extraordinary mountaintop estate features 82 individual vineyards blocks, three distinct soil types and a range of elevations and exposures. From this rich and diverse palette of fruit, Kuleto Estate produces a small portfolio of exceptional estate-grown wines.
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In the southernmost tip of Alexander Valley, Lancaster Estate is a family winery dedicated to limited release Bordeaux styled wines that are grown, produced and bottled from 53 estate acres, micro-farmed in small vineyard blocks, each with its own expression of the terroir, allowing traditional Bordeaux varieties to develop elegant structure, age-worthy tannins and vibrant, rich flavors with both balance and power.
The wines reflect the unique characteristics of each vintage and of the Rutherford growing district. It begins in the vineyard---as they use only a small percentage of the grapes grown on our estate, the fruit that is perfect to the eye and loaded with flavor. They hire harvest crews chosen for their selective picking techniques, and then hand sort to insure they are using nothing but the finest fruit. Using gentle, gravity-fed systems in the winery, a judicious use of oak barrel aging in the finest French oak, and daily attention to the wines during aging, they produce the finest wines possible in small, select quantities. Ttotal production is just 6,400 cases annually, and all wines are 100% estate grown and bottled.