Vineyards


Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard

AVA: Rutherford, Napa Valley

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

One of the most famous plots of land in all of Napa, the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard is located on the valley floor in Rutherford between Conn Creek Road and Silverado Trail. The well-draining, gravelly loam soils from the former creek bed combine with ideal sun exposure to yield wines with richness, fruit intensity and structure. We source grapes from the B1a, B2b and E blocks of the vineyard, and blend to achieve balance and complexity from the subtle differences in clones and soils.


Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard

AVA: Oakville, Napa Valley

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

The name To Kalon is whispered in hushed tones among lovers of Cabernet Sauvignon everywhere. There is something magical about the soil at this valley floor site in Oakville that has produced world class wines for generations of Napa Valley vintners. Judge Palmer began sourcing fruit from the A1 and A2 blocks of this famed vineyard with the 2015 vintage and are beyond thrilled about the way the wine is developing in barrel. We look forward to sharing it with you in the years to come.


Ellis Alden Vineyard

AVA: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot

Ellis Alden Vineyard sits at an elevation of 1400 feet along the sun-drenched western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Alexander Valley. Isolated within a sprawling 4,000 acre ranch, the 200 acres of vines enjoy a pristine growing environment, above the fog line and sheltered from wind, frost, and negative pathogens. The Sauvignon Blanc is planted in a low spot in the vineyard where cool air collects, allowing the grapes to hang long enough to develop ripe flavors while retaining acidity. Our Cabernet Sauvignon block on a steep, south-facing hillside soaks up the sun and produces small berries bursting with flavor and structure.


Stagecoach Vineyard

AVA: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

Six miles up Soda Canyon, 1,800 feet above the valley floor, lies the last frontier of the Napa Valley – it is here that the Krupp brothers have carved out their spectacular vineyards by excavating over a billion pounds of basalt, andesite, and tufa boulders. The exceptionally well draining red volcanic soil and dramatic diurnal temperature shifts at this elevation provide an ideal terroir for slow ripening grapes that yield both structure and finesse.


Blau Vineyard

AVA: Knights Valley, Sonoma County

Varieties: Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc

As you drive from Calistoga across the county line into Sonoma’s Knights Valley, the first vineyard you come across is Blau Vineyard. Protected from Pacific Ocean influences more than other Sonoma County growing regions, the warmer climate, slightly higher elevation, and volcanic soils all combine to create a fertile hunting ground for Bordeaux varietal wines that are savory, mineral-driven, and full of character. Malbec is the primary focus for the ageless Bill Blau, and is planted on the prime hillside spots to attract sunshine and drain away excess moisture.


Vinegrove Terrace

AVA: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

Best known for old vine Zinfandel and new plantings of Rhone varieties, the Dry Creek Valley is fully capable of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon when the right conditions come together at a particular site. When we first laid eyes on the Terrace Block at the Merrill’s Vinegrove adjacent to our winery, we knew we had found such a site. Planted on a steep south-southwest facing hillside a few hundred feet up from the valley floor, the combination of sun exposure, well-draining soil, and slightly cooler temperatures create the perfect storm for richly flavored, densely structured, classic California Cabernet.


Bavarian Lion Vineyard

AVA: Knights Valley, Sonoma County

Varieties: Malbec, Semillon, Cabernet Sauvignon

Bavarian Lion Vineyard is a hidden gem in Knights Valley, situated in the saddle of the Vacas Mountain range between northern Napa Valley and Alexander Valley. Protected from Pacific Ocean influences more than other Sonoma County growing regions, its warmer climate, slightly higher elevation, and volcanic soils all combine to create a fertile hunting ground for Bordeaux varietal wines that are savory, mineral-driven, and full of character. We source Cabernet Sauvignon from the secluded oak tree block up in the hills which produces a powerfully structured, age-worthy wine.