52.5 between 1987-2017
Mild western tilt exposure
Gradiation of 4 soil types (Cortina, Perkins, Bale & Lake) as the alluvial fan tapers throughout the property
This is a historic vineyard site from pre-Prohibition and originally sourced by the venerable Christian Brothers winery.
Fortuna sits at the base of the gently sloping Oakville Bench, on the eastern side of the Oakville appellation. The vineyard features ancient red volcanic soils from the adjoining Vaca Range (similar to our Leopoldina Vineyard) that vary greatly throughout the property. The site produces wines with darker red fruit notes with an identifiable spice box component. Wines from this vineyard tend to be very elegant and express themselves more quickly than with our other sites. The vineyard is home to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, & Sauvignon Blanc plantings.
Fortuna Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Fortuna Vineyard Merlot
38, planted between 1993-2012
Slope angles range from ~45 degrees tipped West to ~2 degrees tipped East
Red volcanic soil composed of rock with a high iron content and porosity (two soil series Boomer and Hambright are present)
Homestead of the pre-vine era Weitz cattle range and then home to the first vines planted in the area. The field selection Cabernet Franc clone that the area is now famous for is referred to as the Goddess clone and originated at the Weitz Vineyard.
Sitting atop the Oakville bench, this site features a Western exposure and is dominated by red volcanic soils. The well-drained soils are composed of clay and permeable volcanic rock, adding minerality, texture and structure to the wines. A site generous in sun exposure, grapes grown here reach their full physiological ripeness. The high iron content and well drained rock soil and slope attitude aspect of the vines combine to result in stunning fruit ripeness coupled with amazing acid retention. The resulting wines are spectacular, with both a flavor density and freshness. This site is home to predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon plantings, with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Syrah and Lagrein vines as well. Previously named the Weitz Vineyard, the wines we craft from the site carry the Leopoldina Vineyard designation.
Leopoldina Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Leopoldina Vineyard Cabernet Franc
Boomer, Bale, Forward, & Aiken soil series
Sub-valley in the Northwestern corner of Calistoga with a multitude of slope angles and ridgelines
A rugged wild land of beauty, open space of forest, meadows and streams surround the vineyard plantings.
A multitude of slopes, exposures and volcanic soils dominate this remote and rolling vineyard and give us many fingerprints of place. The higher elevations and exposures in this part of the valley are subject to varying weather patterns and diurnal shifts. Warm, late summer daytime temperatures and cooler nights allow the wines to achieve both ripeness and balanced acidity. Wines from this vineyard feature a tart cherry core and have a density of flesh, plush mid palate and a unique minerality. A diversity of fruit components comes from the various soils strewn across the property. This site is home to predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon plantings, with two ridge top blocks of Syrah.
Amoenus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Turnbull Home Vineyard
135 to 142ft
Classic bale soils
Mild eastern tilt
The first and original estate vineyard.
At the Northern boundary of the Oakville appellation and alongside our estate winery, this nearly flat, gentle Eastern slope site features bale loam clay soils. The vineyard is generous and gentle for Sauvignon Blanc grapes, with a balanced crop load and slow, even ripening period during the growing season with a longer hang time. Our Josephine and Classic Sauvignon Blancs are crafted from this site. The Cabernet Sauvignon fruit that we grow here, which makes its way into our red wine blends, showcases strawberry and red cherry notes.
Josephine Sauvignon Blanc