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Stagecoach Vineyard: Napa Valley | Atlas Peak | Pritchard Hill

The distinctive, breathtaking Stagecoach Vineyard is planted to more than 600 acres on top of the Vaca Mountain Range, with more than 150 individual blocks planted to a large number of varieties and clones. This extremely rocky site makes for very concentrated wines, as the vines have to struggle to find water.

Owner: Jan Krupp

Varietals/Clones:

Cabernet Sauvignon – 337, Mondavi To Kalon
Syrah – 470
Sangiovese – Pepi

Soil: Soils in his region are characterized by red, volcanic soils made up of a boulder-strewn clay loam with a few solid rock outcroppings that have been dynamited to create a more uniform soil base.

Climate: With altitudes ranging from 1,200 – 1800 feet above sea level, Stagecoach Vineyard sits on top of the Vaca Mountains adjacent to both Atlas Peak and Pritchard Hill, and is usually above the fog level. During the growing season, this site is characterized by long, warm, dry days and cool nights, with a steady breeze coming up the valley, which provides a marine influence.


Georges III Vineyard: Rutherford | Napa Valley

The history of Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard is immense. Records show that a portion of this vineyard was planted in 1895 by Mrs. Thomas Rutherford. This 300-acre parcel, first purchased by Bealieu founder Georges de Latour in 1928 and called Beaulieu Vineyard Number 3, was the home of BV’s Rutherford Cabernets made by the renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. These wines achieved wide acclaim in the 1960’s and 70’s, establishing BV’s preeminence in the making of fine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1988, the vineyard has since been replanted using new Cabernet Sauvignon clones with tighter spacing and advanced trellising systems, enhancing both quality and grape tonnage.

Owner: Andy Beckstoffer

Varietals/Clones: Cabernet Sauvignon – Clone TBD

Soil: Relatively deep, well-drained alluvial Pleasanton gravelly loam

Site: Located on the eastern side of the Rutherford Bench with eastern and western exposure. This site has gently sloped terrain.

Climate: An early morning fog layer burns off around 9 a.m., giving way to long, warm, sunny summer days. Late afternoon breezes come over the Mayacamas Mountains from the Pacific. This AVA has large daytime-to-nighttime temperature fluctuation.


To Kalon Vineyard: Oakville | Napa Valley

Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard is considered one of Beckstoffer Vineyards’ most famous Heritage Vineyards. This highly-acclaimed vineyard was originally planted by the Napa pioneer Hamilton Crabb in 1868, and named ‘To Kalon,’ which in Ancient Greek means “of upmost beauty.” The vineyard has been producing wines of great distinction ever since.

Owner: Andy Beckstoffer

Varietals/Clones: Cabernet Sauvignon – Clones 4, 7, 337 on 039-16

Soil: Well-drained, light-colored gravelly loam, situated on the Oakville bench

Site: Gently sloped to flat topography with north-south exposure.

Climate: Foggy early mornings with ideal long, warm days and cool nights with late afternoon Pacific breezes coming over the Mayacamas Mountain range from the Pacific. This AVA is noted for having large daytime-to-nighttime temperature fluctuations.


Dr. Crane Vineyard: St. Helena | Napa Valley

The Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard is situated in the heart of St. Helena. An early Napa pioneer by the name of Dr. George Belden Crane originally planted vines in this site in 1858. During the 1920’s it was known as the City of St. Helena’s Chinatown. Beckstoffer Vineyards acquired this renowned site in 1997 and replanted to multiple clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, and Cabernet Franc using modern trellising.

Owner: Andy Beckstoffer

Varieties/Clones:

Cabernet Sauvignon – Clone 337 on 110R
Cabernet Franc – Clone 1 on 1103P

Soil: Situated on the Oakville bench, the soil is a well-drained pale gravely loam.

Site: Flat topography with eastern and western exposure.

Climate: St. Helena is one of the warmest regions in the Napa Valley, characterized by long warm summer days with subtle afternoon breezes that come from the Pacific over the Mayacamas Mountain range. This AVA is noted for having large daytime-to-nighttime temperature fluctuations.


Ehrlich Vineyard: Oakville | Napa Valley

The Ehrlich Vineyard is situated in Oakville, the heart of the Napa Valley, just south of the Oakville Cross Road. This site was originally planted to grapes in the early 20th century, but was quickly planted to walnuts once prohibition set in. It was again planted to grapes in the 1940’s and has remained a great vineyard ever since. There are still several walnut trees scattered throughout the site from the orchard days.

Owners: Cliff and Patricia Ehrlich

Varietals/Clones: Cabernet Sauvignon – Clone 337 on 039-16

Soil: Deep, moderately drained silty clay loam.

Site: Flat topography with eastern and western exposure.

Climate: Being in the heart of Oakville, this vineyard gets plenty of warm, sunny summer days with gently late afternoon breezes that come over the Mayacamas Mountains from the Pacific. This AVA is noted for having large dynamic daytime-to-nighttime temperature fluctuations.


Star Vineyard: Rutherford | Napa Valley

Star Vineyard sits in the heart of the Rutherford AVA on the upper Rutherford bench.  Founded in 1987 by Reg B. Oliver and well-known Napa Valley winemaker Ric Forman, Star vineyard has consistently produced stellar vintages.  Star vineyard is currently managed and operated by Jack Oliver.  Piña Vineyard Management takes great care of this 60 acre, sustainably-farmed vineyard to ensure that the fruit reaches its full flavor potential. The vines are Geneva Double Curtain trained, running east-to-west, and spaced 10 x 6 feet apart.

Owner: Jack Oliver

Varietals/Clones: 

Cabernet Sauvignon – Clone 7 and Martha’s
Chardonnay – Wente Clone

Soil: Well-drained fine bale loam with multiple gravel beds passing through the terrain.

Site: Flat topography with southeast and northwest exposure.

Climate: Rutherford is usually slightly cooler than its neighboring St. Helena AVA, since it is closer to the San Pablo Bay and more affected by the morning fog bank.  Rutherford AVA is characterized by long, warm summer days with light afternoon breezes coming over the Mayacamas Mountains from the Pacific.  This AVA is noted for having large daytime-to-nighttime temperature fluctuations.


Dutton Ranch Mill Station Vineyard: Russian River Valley | Green Valley

Mill Station Vineyard is owned and operated by the Dutton Family.  The Dutton Family has been working the Sonoma County land since the 1880’s.  Mill Station vineyard lies in the coolest region of the Russian River Valley, which is called Green Valley.  Where Chardonnay is not planted, you’ll find apple orchards that the Dutton Family owns and operates as well.

Owner: Dutton Family

Varietals/Clones: Chardonnay – Dijon 76 on 101-14

Soil: Sebastopol Clay Loam

Site: Moderately flat with gentle slope to the southwest, with eastern and western exposure.

Climate: Mill Station vineyard is largely influenced by the Pacific Ocean.  Foggy mornings break in late morning, to allow sunshine in for the afternoon.  Some warm days do occur, but in general it is a relatively cool region.


Dutton Ranch Manzana Vineyard: Russian River Valley | Green Valley

Manzana Vineyard is owned and operated by the Dutton Family, who has been working the Sonoma County land since the 1880’s.  The Manzana Vineyard is located in the Green Valley region of the Russian River Valley AVA, which is the coolest region of the AVA.   Planted to six clones of Pinot Noir, the vines are rooted in arguably the best soil for this coveted variety.

Variety/Clones: Pinot Noir – 777 and 828

Owner: Dutton Family

Soil: Goldridge fine sandy loam.

Site: Eastern facing slope with eastern exposure.

Climate: Manzana vineyard is largely influenced by the Pacific Ocean.  Foggy mornings break in late morning, to allow sunshine in the afternoon.  Some warm days do occur, but in general it is a relatively cool region.


Kick Ranch Vineyard: Sonoma County

Kick Ranch is in Sonoma County’s Rincon Valley, northeast of Santa Rosa.  Its hillside site is on the western side of the northern flank of Spring Mountain, which separates Sonoma and Napa Counties.  Nestled northeast of Santa Rosa on a beautiful hillside planted on historic land, a vineyard flourished there by the 1880’s.

Owner: Dick Keenan and Kath McNamara

Varietals/Clones: Syrah – 877 on 101-14

Soil: Well-drained volcanic gravelly clay loam.

Site: Western facing slope with primarily southern exposure.

Climate: Kick Ranch vineyard receives plenty of sun, but is cooled by fog and breezes that come in from the Pacific through the Petaluma Wind Gap.


Maldonado Vineyard: Napa Valley

Maldonado Vineyard is located in Jameson Canyon, just south of Napa.  It is nestled in a small and narrow valley that links Napa Valley to Solano County.  Being very near the Carneros AVA, the vineyard is very cool with a large San Pablo Bay influence, which makes it a great site for Chardonnay.  The Maldonado Family recognized that and has done a fabulous job stewarding their land to greatness.

Owner: Lupe and Hugo Maldonado

Varietals/Clones: Chardonnay – Rued, Young, Dijon

Soil: Dark gravelly clay loam.

Site: Southeast and northwest exposure.

Climate: Maldonado Vineyard is greatly affected by the San Pablo Bay.  Early morning fog, with moderate daytime temperatures make this site great for Chardonnay, by preserving the acidity and slow even ripening.


Juliana Vineyard: Napa Valley

Located in the warmer climate of Pope Valley the Juliana Vineyard vineyard is perfectly situated for a consistent growing season that leads to optimal ripening.  This climate aids in the balancing of acidity and lifting tropical aromas.  The Sauvignon Blanc that comes from this ranch is some of the best in the entire Napa Valley.

Owner: Terlato Family

Varietals/Clones: Sauvignon Blanc – 1

Soil: Bressa Dibble Complex / Tehama silt loam.

Site: Gently sloped with east-west exposure.

Climate: Rarely engulfed in early morning fog, the hot days and cool nights make for an ideal growing environment for Sauvignon Blanc.  The cool nights preserve the acidity, while the warm days accentuate the tropical aromas and fruit flavors, making this an early-ripening vineyard, which is always the first pick of the harvest.


Lewelling Vineyard: St. Helena | Napa Valley 

Lewelling Vineyard is just southwest of the town of St. Helena.  Adjacent to the Mayacamas Mountain Range, this vineyard has produced great Cabernet Sauvignon for B Cellars since 2010.  It has been owned and farmed by the Lewelling/Wight family since the mid-late 1800’s.

Owner: Wight Family

Varietals/Clones: Cabernet Sauvignon – 7 on 110R

Soil: Cortina with cobblestones.

Site: Relatively flat with southeast and northwest exposure.

Climate: St. Helena is one of the warmest regions in the Napa Valley, characterized by long warm summer days with subtle afternoon breezes that come from the Pacific over the Mayacamas Mountain Range.  This AVA is noted for having large daytime-to-nighttime temperature fluctuations.


O’Shaughnessy Oakville Estate Vineyard: Oakville | Napa Valley

The O’Shaughnessy Oakville Estate Vineyard, which is owned and operated by the O’Shaughnessy Family, is B Cellars’ neighboring vineyard, located right across the Oakville Cross Road from the winery estate.  B Cellars has been working with this vineyard since 2013.  Fruit driven with great structure, this Cabernet is right up there with some of the best in the portfolio.

Owner: O’Shaughnessy Family

Varietals/Clones: Cabernet Sauvignon – TBD

Soil: Moderately-deep, dark clay loam.

Site: Relatively flat with east and west exposure:

Climate: Being in the heart of Oakville, this vineyard gets plenty of warm, sunny summer days with gentle, late afternoon breezes that come over the Mayacamas Mountains from the Pacific.  This AVA is noted for having large daytime-to-nighttime temperature fluctuations.


Kenefick Ranch Vineyard: Calistoga | Napa Valley

Kenefick Ranch Vineyard is located just east of the city of Calistoga, nestled against the Vaca Mountain Range. This 125 acre vineyard is planted to more than 10 varieties.  The vineyard is currently owned and managed by retired San Francisco neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas P. Kenefick and his two children, Caitlin and Chris, who acquired it in 1978, and began replanting to newer clones and rootstocks and installed modern trellising.

Owner: Dr. Thomas P. Kenefick

Varietals/Clones:

Cabernet Sauvignon – Rosenblum Clone, SO4
Petite Sirah

Soil: Bale and Pleasanton loams.

Site: Gently sloped with northwest exposure.

Climate: Calistoga is the warmest AVA in the Napa Valley, characterized by long, warm-to-hot summer days with subtle afternoon breezes that come from the Pacific over the Mayacamas Mountain Range.


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