THE NAPA VALLEY
“Making Cabernet in the Napa Valley is a true privilege. Perfect climate, an outrageous assortment of soils, a combination of history and discovery — there is a lot to work with here, and having secured some of the finest vineyard sites in the region I think 2013 is looking very promising for Carteirra.”
- Tony Biagi on Napa Valley
Oakville Ranch Vineyard
Located in the Vaca range at the eastern reach of the Oakville AVA, Oakville Ranch is the original mountain vineyard of the sub-appellation that produces some of the New World’s most celebrated Cabernets.
At 1,400 feet above the valley floor, the fruit from this lofty perch exudes the characteristics of the region’s signature red volcanic soils with the added complexity of a mountain accent.
An effusively beautiful place, vineyard blocks are cultivated to “grow” terraces naturally in conjunction with the vines, and are surrounded by wild grasses, native meadows and unsullied woodlands.
Schlein Family Estate
Directly across the Valley from Oakville Ranch, in the western hills of the Mayacamas the Schlein Family farms five acres of organic vines on their 43 acre estate. The vineyard site sits just above the legendary To Kalon, and was originally selected more than 30 years ago at the recommendation of neighbor Robert Mondavi. The elevation and sloped terracing of the site insures that the vineyard is rarely affected by the morning fog that blankets much of the Napa Valley floor, providing strong morning sun exposure. Combined with the afternoon shade that results from its east-facing orientation this vineyard enjoys ideal conditions for the slow, steady ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon. The 25 year old vines have been transitioned from head trained to cane pruned, with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc interspersed for a subtle field blend variation.