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Estate Vineyards / AVA
White Hawk Vineyard is a 60-acre vineyard just outside of Los Alamos, CA. Our 6.5 acres at the top of the vineyard is a sand dune; literally pure sand. The site is mid-ripening. It's warmer than Bien Nacido but because of its soils, retains precision and finesse. This is the darkest and most deeply fruity of the three sites. Complexity, comes as floral and iodine (ocean) related perfumes rather than a more typical bacon fat, and pepper oriented profile. This fruit usually encompasses about 50% of the blend.
Stolpman Vineyard is in Ballard Canyon. It's not very far from White Hawk and the sites are not dissimilar, but the calcareous soils at Stolpman mean the fruit profile is slightly brighter and more tannic. This is usually 10% -15% of the syrah cepage. In 2011, Pete Stolpman gave us a call and asked if we'd be interested in working with some roussanne from the vineyard as well. I'd had the oportunity to work with the roussanne from this block back in the 90s and jumped at the chance to make Lillian's first white wine from this extraordinary fruit.
Some 340+ miles north of the source of our syrah and roussanne, the cabernet sauvignon hails from Cathy and Frank Dotzler's True Vineyard in Napa's Howell Mountain AVA. The vineyard is a rugged, rocky outcropping 1800 feet above sea level and well above the fog that regularly blankets the valley floor. Exposed volcanic boulders push up from beneath giving rise to spindly cabernet vines bearing tiny, sparse clusters.