THE PLACE - The Ravens Vineyard, named after the ominous birds circling overhead, is situated above Calistoga, at the northern-most end of Napa Valley, where the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges meet. Mount St. Helena looms over the 2.6 acre vineyard, planted in part of the 19th-century Rancho Mallacomes, where vineyard had previously grown.
Vineyard rows are oriented 20 degrees west-of-north, ensuring full, even sun exposure. Planted on a knoll alongside an oak and madrone forest, the rows mount a slope comprised of volcanic, rocky and loamy soil. 24-hour temperatures can range well over forty degrees, as cool nights and foggy mornings are followed by warm, sunny days. Valley winds provide good air-flow among the vines.
Low-vigor rootstock was planted in 2008 with the See clone grafted the following year. The closely-planted Cabernet Sauvignon vines are organically farmed and cane-pruned. Birds, bats, ladybugs and a retired racing Greyhound help keep the vineyard pest-free.