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Vineyard Evolution

Over time, the vineyard reveals itself, and viticultural fine-tuning is key.  As wine estates mature, vineyard knowledge gains importance, and while each vintage brings its own unique story, certain themes emerge.  Working closely together, viticulturist Phil Freese and winemaker Jesse Katz combine technological wizardry like satellite mapping and climatic analysis from vineyard weather stations with insights that can only be gained from walking the vineyard nearly every day of the year.  Vineyard blocks have been evaluated and redeveloped with the most appropriate rootstocks and clones, vine row orientation and micro-block irrigation.  With limited access to water no frost protection has been installed, requiring even closer vigilance, with pre-pruning techniques used to encourage a fulsome budbreak each spring.

Our Estate is currently planted to:

Cabernet Sauvignon (83%) -- Clones: 337, 7, 15, 4, 169, 341 & 338. Rootstocks: 101-14, 110-R, 4453 & 5C
Merlot (5%) -- Clones: 3 & 18. Rootstocks: 3309, 101-14 & 110-R
Cabernet Franc (1%) -- Clone: 327. Rootstocks: 110-R, 101-14 & 5C
Malbec (9%) -- Clones: 595 & 4. Rootstock: 3309
Petit Verdot (2%) -- Clones: 400 & 1.  Rootstock: 5C