Respect is important
It always turns out that if there is an epiphany, it’s the fact that there’s something special about the vineyard. It always gets down to a place.
People who know Oakville Ranch talk a lot about the bright orange soils with enormous boulders called core stones. They are part of a major landslide that occurred 200,000 years ago. The wines are big. They’re powerful and structured, yet there’s also a lushness and a suppleness associated with the soils created through cover crop and organic practices.
Oakville ranch vineyard, Oakville District, Napa Valley
A powerhouse of rich avors dark cherries, raspberries, sexy oak, all framed by subtle tannins that add to the lengthy finish.
Wine Maker: Mark Herold
Alc: 14.5 %
“The signature of the Lady is depth, aromatics, perfume. The gravel streak that undulates through the property provides an edge, a soil variation, contributing a bit of tension, complexity, and structure, but the tannins are never harsh; they are polished and refined.”
– Julien Fayard, winemaker
Sleeping Lady Vineyard
Yountville district, Napa valley
Winemaker: Julien Fayard
“The really great part about that vineyard location is being at the southern end of the valley, up on a rocky plateau, up on the hill surrounded by some of the more famous vineyards in the area. There’s a pedigree to these vineyards for a reason. Beautiful red soils all throughout. That type of site is hard to replicate.”
– Garrett Buckland, viticultural consultant
Moon Mountain District, Sonoma County
Powerful wine with elegant fruitiness; expressive bouquet of red fruits accented by cedar and cigar box; fine-grained tannins.
Winemaker: Massimo Monticelli
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
“We’re right between 300 and 600 feet, so it’s a sweet spot in elevation. When Coombsville has fog, this is where it burns out first; when there is frost down below, we’re protected. We ripen late and it’s almost a northwest exposure with more rock than soil. We’ve got good intensity, good acidity, distinct from anywhere else in the district.”
– John Caldwell, Founder & Owner, Caldwell Vineyard
Coombsville district, Napa Valley
Deliciously concentrated with seamless entry & great balance; signature Caldwell tannins, lingering finish.
Wine Maker: Mark Herold
Alc: 14.6 %
brion wise, owner
Respect is important. It’s not just the sites and their potential. There’s a powerful human influence.
the people of brion
top, left to right: Enrique Castillo (Vineyard Management), Mark Herold (Winemaker), Massimo Monticelli (Winemaker), Garrett Buckland (Viticulturist), Jesus Espinoza (Vineyard Management); seated, left to right: Ramiro Herrera (Master Cooper), Larry Bettinelli (Vineyard Management), Paul Goldberg (Vineyard Management), Julien Fayard (Winemaker)