Top Vineyards in Sonoma and Napa Counties
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley
Varietals: Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Viognier
While some of our other vineyard sources are well known to wine lovers with many years of worldwide acclaim, Kemp Vineyard is our little secret. For over a decade we have enjoyed a truly collaborative relationship with grower Alson Kemp, for whom this special place tucked away in the mountains above Dry Creek Valley is a labor of love. Planted on the steep slopes of a canyon, the site has unique topographical advantages providing several distinct micro-climates and soil types suited to Zinfandel as well as the Rhône varieties Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. There is truly no limit to the potential of Kemp Vineyard, and it is both challenging and thrilling to explore the possibilities with each new vintage.
Bavarian Lion Vineyard
Appellation: Knights Valley
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon
Bavarian Lion Vineyard is a shining star of unheralded Knights Valley, situated in the saddle of the Vacas Mountain range between northern Napa Valley and Alexander Valley. Protected from Pacific Ocean influences more than other Sonoma County growing regions, its warmer climate, slightly higher elevation, and volcanic soils all combine to create ideal conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varieties. Owned by Pierre Ehret, the sprawling, 100% solar-powered ranch features a multitude of different elevations and exposures, allowing our winemaking team plenty of variety to choose the best blocks and assemble complex blends. A hidden gem of the wine world, we hope our efforts will continue to bring this vineyard more of the acclaim it absolutely deserves.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Varietals: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah
Since 1956, three generations of the Bacigalupi family have farmed their vineyards straddling Westside Road in the Russian River Valley. Pioneers in the region, they played a key role in putting the California wine industry on the map, selling Chardonnay to Chateau Montelena for the wine that triumphed over top-flight white Burgundy at the 1976 Judgment of Paris tasting. Also a perfect spot for Pinot Noir, the site benefits from cool air and fog channeled in from the Pacific, as well as the famously unique Goldridge loam soil – eroded volcanic material combined with sandstone and alluvial deposits. The Bacigalupis have certainly earned their reputation as one of the finest sources of grapes in Sonoma County, and we are honored to partner with them.
Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon
One of the most famous plots of land in all of Napa, the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard is located on the valley floor in Rutherford between Conn Creek Road and Silverado Trail. Originally the third vineyard developed by Georges de Latour for his Beaulieu Vineyards in 1928, it has been farmed to the exacting standards of legendary grower Andy Beckstoffer since 1988. The well-draining, gravelly loam soils from the former creek bed combine with ideal sun exposure to yield wines with richness, fruit intensity and structure. This magical site has been producing world-renowned Cabernet Sauvignon for nearly 90 years, and we are proud to play a small role in carrying on that tradition.