Our viticulture practices are based on sourcing fruit from where it grows best. We select our Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Merlot from the Santa Cruz Mountain and Santa Lucia Highland AVA’s, where the bay influence slows maturation so that these cooler climate grape varietals can ripen before they "sugar up". This longer hang time gives the skins a chance to soften, before the Brix level gets too high. We source our Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Sangiovese from the Santa Clara and Paso Roble AVA’s where there is significantly less maritime influence. This allows us to get the ripeness we desire to make our style of wines. The growers we work with have the same belief that we do...great wines begin with great fruit that is grown with balance. We are very fortunate to be able to make wine from grapes sourced from the following vineyards: Regan Vineyards, Tondre Grapefields, RiverStar Vineyards, Coast Grade Vineyards, Lester Vineyards & Sousa Family Vineyards
Reagan Vineyards is located on a hilly knoll in the Santa Cruz Mountain Appellation. With nearly 40 acres planted to twelves different varietals and clones, Regan Estate Vineyards is one of the largest and most diverse vineyards in the Santa Cruz County and has a commanding view of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The 50 acre site sits atop a hilly knoll and receives cool breezes off the Monterey Bay. Regan Estate Vineyards cool climate location, one of the coolest in all of California, translates to a very long growing season that begins in March with bud break and generally finishes in November when the last grapes are harvested. The soil at Regan varies, but is generally a loamy-clay. Some sections at Regan have heavy clay; other sections are quite sandy, while other areas are rockier. Due to the unique combination of excellent sun exposure (atop a knoll), cool climate and loamy soil, the wines made from Regan tend to be rich in flavor, have good acidity (important in aging) and the reds deep in color.
The Dutton family started growing grapes in San Miguel in 1986 when they purchased a 26-acre Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyard in need of a little "TLC". With the help of some great neighbors, they harvested their first crop of Cabernet grapes. In 1993 RiverStar Vineyards was planted with three varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot, all planted on its own root in the loamy sand and gravel soils along the southern facing slopes of the Estrella River. These are ideal conditions for producing grapes with deep, rich color and robust ripeness. In 1997 Dutton Vineyards purchased a 15-year-old vineyard that produces some of the best Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet in the Paso Robles area.
Lester Family Vineyard, is one of the Santa Cruz Mountains premier Pinot Noir vineyards. It is located 5 miles inland of the Monterey Bay, in an area known as Corralitos. The vineyard consists of 5.53 acres of Pinot Noir, meticulously managed by well respected viticulturist Prudy Fox. Soils are sandy loam. The elevation at no more than 550’. Maritime influence provides for consistently moderate temperatures, allowing the grapes relatively long hangtime and optimal flavor development.
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