Andesite Vineyard

About

Andesite Mervignon is the only wine produced. It is a smooth blend of estate grown Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and touch of Cabernet Franc. Annual production is limited to about 150 cases by both the growing practices used in our efforts to produce the best quality fruit and by the limited number of vines that we planted. We normally harvest in selected half-ton lots because our varied micro growing conditions spread peak flavor development over time. This selection by taste is a crucial key to producing the finest wine. Separate vinification of each small lot in French oak provides the components of the final Mervignon blend

Location Description

Located in the heart of the old Robinson property at the 2000-foot level five miles up Spring Mountain road from St. Helena.

Features

  • Our mission is to produce the best wine possible.

Additional Information

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Practices & Techniques

The vineyard is a personal hands-on project of the proprietors. The wine making philosophy of the proprietor growers and wine maker Kenn Vigoda was to let the grapes express themselves.



We started tasting when sugar got over 23 brix. Because our varied micro growing conditions spread peak flavor development over time, we flagged good tasting fruit until we selected a half-ton lot. This selection by taste is a crucial key to producing the finest wine and usually takes a week or two.

Separate vinification of each small lot in French oak provides the components of the final Mervignon blend.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

Andesite Vineyard is at the 2000-foot level of Spring Mountain The vineyard has a microclimate perfect for Bordeaux-style varieties and a soil rich with andesite volcanic rock that provides for excellent vine root structure and development. The vineyard has multiple sun exposures and a mountain saddle through which flows a river of cool night air. This natural combination of soil, warm days and cool nights produces superior grapes, not measured by tons, but by the depth and quality of the wine.

Awards

In 2009, Andesite Vineyard submitted 2006 Mervignon to a blind tasting, the 2010 American Fine Wine Competition for Meritage Style Blends. It received a Gold Medal.

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Address

4011 Spring Mountain Road
St Helena, California 94574
United States

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