Stewart Johnson’s Kendric Vineyard is an East-to-North East facing vineyard, which lies equidistant between Tomales Bay and San Francisco Bay in Northern Marin County. At about 350 feet in elevation, the very hilly 15% gradient provides adequate drainage, and the rugged terrain offers protection from Westerly winds and those out of the Petaluma Gap. Fog can be prevalent, but never lasts long, and marine-layer cloud cover rarely dominates, creating an unusually warm and sunny site within an area that is generally very cool in temperature. Seven different clones of Pinot Noir thrive in loam topsoil over clay loam subsoil, with sandstone and shale parent material. Vines are trellised in the vertical-shoot–position on the 8.5 acre site. If you’ve ever seen Stew’s work, you know why the fruit is exceptional; the vineyard is immaculate because he simply “farms hard”.
Sage Canyon Vineyard in Napa Valley produces premium wine grapes from a steep mountain ranch with elevations that range from 900 to 1,700 feet above the Napa Valley floor. Extensive summertime early morning fog make this vineyard an ideal wine grape growing area. On this 60 acre vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Petite Sirah are grown. Soils types are a complex combination that includes Berressa dibble, and both Los Gatos and Millsholm loam.
The Shannon Ridge Vineyard hugs the mountain ridges of the High Valley appellation, high above the deep, blue waters of Clear Lake. Daytime temperatures can be very warm, but the lake provides cooling winds throughout the long summer days, and the 2200’ elevation encourages cold air from Snow Mountain, and the peaks of the Mendocino National Forest to be prevalent at night. The vineyards are comprised of well-drained volcanic rock, and each vineyard block is carefully fit to the contours of the land. Varietals, rootstocks, clones, vine spacing, and row direction are further optimized to specific soil composition, and to take advantage of the maximum, ideal sun exposure. Grenache thrives here on a 40 % slope overlooking the lake.
David Girard vineyard is a north facing vineyard, with an average elevation of almost 1300 feet. It is situated just over a mile from the South Fork of the American River, and the valley below provides significant air drainage from the Sierra Nevada Range to temper the summertime heat in this warm site. Soils consist of decomposed granite and clay, and support a vineyard environment which allows Viognier, Marsanne, Grenache blanc and Roussanne to flourish here.
Southfork is a young vineyard planted to Grenache and Grenache blanc. It is located in the Camino Fruitridge area of El Dorado County, and sits at an elevation of 2400' feet. Vines are planted on a severe slope which varies between 25-30% grade. Planted in 2006 to Alban & Entave selections, the beautiful decoposed granite soils allow these vines to provide a wonderful expression of varietal and place.