THIS VINEYARD CAME TO OUR ATTENTION THROUGH GEORGE VARE. BOB KAHN, THE OWNER AND A FRIEND OF GEORGES, WAS LOOKING FOR SOME HELP FARMING SINCE HE WAS HAVING TROUBLE RIPENING THE FRUIT. WE FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS SITE, IT'S COOLER CLIMATE AND HIGH ALTITUDE WERE JUST WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR to get GREAT ACID AND LOW ALCOHOL. LOVALL VALLEY IS A small valley in deep carneros, you can only get to it through Sonoma but it’s technically Napa AVA. IT WAS PREVIOUSLY A TURKEY FARM BEFORE THE VINEYARD WAS PLANTED 18 YEARS AGO.
WE FARM THIS 2 ACRE SYRAH VINEYARD OURSELVES WITH HELP FROM A TRUSTED SIDEKICK FERNANDO. IT IS NOT CERTIFIED ORGANIC BUT WE USE UNDER VINE CULTIVATION AND CLEMENSING FOR WEED CONTROL, ONLY SPRAY ONCE A YEAR IN EARLY SPRING AND IRRIGATE ONLY ONCE OR TWICE DEPENDING ON THE YEAR.
OUR ROSE COMES FROM THE TOP TWO ROWS THAT GET MORE WATER THAN WE WOULD LIKE FROM THE OLIVE GROVE RIGHT ABOVE IT. THERE IS ALSO A LAVENDER FIELD RIGHT NEXT TO THE VINES WHICH UPON BLIND TASTINGS PEOPLE ALMOST ALWAYS PULL LAVENDER NOTES FROM THE WINE.
Lost Slough Vineyard:
JJ DISCOVERED THIS VINEYARD WHILE WORKING WITH SCHOLIUM PROJECT. THEY GET THEIR NAUCRATIS (VERDELHO) AND RIQUEWIHR (GEWURZTRAMINER) FROM LOST SLOUGH. THE VINEYARD IS LOCATED IN THE SACRAMENTO RIVER DELTA AND WAS ONCE BELOW SEA LEVEL, YOU CAN WITNESS THIS IN THE SANDY SOIL LITTERED WITH SHELLS FRAGMENTS. THIS GIVES THE WINE A GREAT SALINE QUALITY WHICH COMPLiMENTS THE ALBARINO. WE HAVE BEEN MAKING WINE FROM THIS VINEYARD SINCE 2009. WE ARE CURRENTLY EXPERIMENTING WITH A VINO VERDE STYLE WHERE WE BOTTLE THE ALBARINO WHILE IN MLF.
In 2015 our friend Christopher Scanlan was kind enough to introduce us to some Carignane grapes from Frank Evangelho, needless to say we were super excited! The 130-year-old, head-trained, dry-farmed vines were beyond expectations, we bought some more fruit in 2016. Stepping onto the evangelho vineyard you feel like you are on another planet, The large head trained, arthritic knuckled vines are grown in powdery sand dunes and stranger yet is the rarity of grape vines in Contra Costa.