Many of our estate vines now exhibit fourteen years of age. They have established deep roots on our 100 acre hillside property. We planted between 1997 and 2002, 29 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. We also cultivate 6 acres of blending varietal: Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere and St. Macaire. In pursuit of maximizing our options for flavor, we utilized several different root stocks and clones for our Cabernet plantings. The vines span two distinct vineyards which we have the privilege of farming. Amphitheater derives its name from its shape across the hillside. Rancho del Oso, nearest the winery, boasts a resident black bear who visits from time to time. He has no part in either viticulture or winemaking.
The vines from our steeply terraced, "Betty's Vineyard", struggle for nourishment and moisture consistently producing clusters with small berries and intense flavors. Wines from this vineyard have been highly acclaimed through the media since our first vintage in 2002 for their power and elegance. Aromatically, we love the lavender and violet tones emanating from this property.
Our Oakville vineyard spans 30 acres surrounding our home. Planted at various times, we grow white varietals for O'Shaughnessy. The Sauvignon Blanc fruit creates our crisp, flavorful wine. The Chardonnay plantings of Old Wente Clones, as well as 809 and 548 provide the backbone of our complex, dramatic blend which debuted with our 2009 vintage.