Diurnal variations in temperature during fruit development contribute to better-balanced fruit as there is a period of recovery from the heat of the day. The narrow valley in which our vineyard is located enjoys the most desirable input for optimal fruit development with periods of high light intensity and moderate temperatures, generally between 72-85 degrees, with limited hours of exposure to temperatures from 85-90F. The valley’s winter chill hours encourage a deep, solid dormancy period which contributes to our even and intense bud break and flowering period.
Location: We are 2.7 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Our vineyard slopes gradually from an elevation of 165 feet up to 190 feet above sea level.
Vines: Certified French clones planted in 2005 with 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Soil: Our vineyard lies at an intersection of 2 soil series: Huerheuro and Corralitos. Both are best described as weathered, unconsolidated, alluvial soils of marine sediments and older granitic rocks with sandy loam to loamy sand in texture.
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