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WHERE WE GROW

AND WHY

TO MAKE SOSIE WINES, WE SOURCE FRUIT FROM FOUR DIFFERENT VINEYARDS. WE CHOSE THESE SITES BECAUSE EACH IS METICULOUSLY FARMED, YIELDING PHYSIOLOGICALLY RIPE, WELL-BALANCED FRUIT THAT DOESN’T REQUIRE ANY ADDITIONS IN THE CELLAR.

VIVIO VINEYARDS

We selected Vivio Vineyards because it has such a strong marine influence. Cool air pours in from three separate directions and settles into the valley’s bowl, which in the summer months turns to heavy fog. Despite the cooling influences, the days can get quite hot. Temperatures can swing 40° to 50° from daytime highs to nighttime lows. As a result, the fruit is very late ripening—sometimes we don't pick until almost November.

VINEYARD SPECIFICATIONS

Grower Joe & Priscilla Vivio
Appellation Bennett Valley
Year Planted 2003
Acres Planted 12 acres
Elevation 800 feet
Soil Types Sonoma Volcanics (Goulding, Laniger, Raynor, Spreckles)
Varietals / Clones Syrah ~ Alban; Aussie, 470, 877, 174; Roussanne ~ 468
Winery Clients Red Car, Carlisle, Donelan

STAGECOACH VINEYARDS

Stagecoach sits at the top of Atlas Peak, straddling the Vaca Mountain range, which separates Napa Valley from Solano County and its many, er, shopping malls. Dr. Jan Krupp happened upon this sprawling property back in 1991. Majestic as it was, it had never been planted because there was no water to be found. It took a water witch (a guy named Newman, if you must know) and a whole lotta dynamite to make the place plant-able. Some two million pounds of rock were blasted to make the vineyard what it is today.

There are rows of vines running in every direction, trellised and spaced every imaginable way, and planted at elevations from 1,200 to 1,800 feet. The one defining element is the soil, which is red, volcanic and loamy. Thanks to the steady breeze that flows up valley from the Bay, the fog arrives early each day and prolongs the growing season each year. Stagecoach grapes typically reach maturity 10 to 14 days after those on the valley floor have ripened. All the usual mountain characteristics are here – small berries with thick skins, big tannins and extremely complex flavors. 

VINEYARD SPECIFICATIONS

Grower Dr. Jan Krupp
Appellation Atlas Peak
Year Planted 1995
Acres Planted 658 acres
Elevation 1,200 – 1,750 feet
Soil Types Hambright complex with Guenoc-Rock outcrop
Varietals / Clones Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Grenache, Malbec, Marsanne, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier
Winery Clients 90+ clients, including Aaron Pott, Heidi Barrett, Helen Keplinger, Kirk Venge, Mark Herold, Caymus, Chappellet and Pahlmeyer

SPRING HILL VINEYARDS

Spring Hill sits on a windblown ridge, seven miles from the ocean at the lowest point in the Coast Range north of the Golden Gate. Viticulturally, it sits in the Petaluma Gap, a conduit for cold air and fog from the Pacific. The berries are quite small and yield is often less than one ton per acre.

Sustainable practices include composting, natural cover crops of Lupine, crimson clover, California poppy and rye, and a parliament of owls that keep the vineyard clear of pesky rodents. While the vineyard is dedicated to Pinot Noir, it does share the ranch with herds of Wagyu and Scottish Highland cattle. 

VINEYARD SPECIFICATIONS

Grower Chris and Karen London
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Year Planted 2001
Acres Planted 20 acres
Elevation 520 feet
Soil Types Los Osos clay loam, Steinbeck loam
Varietals / Clones Pinot Noir ~ Dijon 777, 667, 115; Pommard 5, Swan; Calera; Wadenswil
Winery Clients Landmark, Nickel & Nickel, Schramsberg, Talisman, Waxwing

CAVEDALE VINEYARDS

Cavedale Vineyard is named for the road that snakes its way 2,000 feet up Moon Mountain. To call it a road is kind; it’s a crumbling one-lane track that zig-zags its way through scrub oak and pine and crests more or less at Elliott MacKey’s cottage, well above the fog line.

The climate here is defined by near constant Bay breezes that blow across the entire AVA. Soils are largely fractured basalt and volcanic ash, which produce a gravelly loam. Bordeaux varieties do best here. Cab Sauvignon is hauntingly intense at this elevation. Cabernet Franc loses its tooty fruity valley floor profile and becomes much more complex. Petit Verdot turns into the kind of pixie dust every vintner seeks.

VINEYARD SPECIFICATIONS

Grower Elliott Mackey
Appellation Moon Mountain / Sonoma Valley
Year Planted 1999
Acres Planted 7.5 acres
Elevation 2,000 feet
Soil Types Gravelly volcanic loam
Varietals / Clones Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 333, 337, Merlot 3, Cabernet Franc 1, Petit Verdot
Winery Clients Sbragia, Waugh, Rousseau, Huneeus Vintners