Discovering and acquiring this 40-acre ranch and small winery in the fertile Sierra Foothills was a dream realized. This isolated property at 2100 feet overlooking the middle fork of the Consumnes River is home to our Newfound Wines production and future estate.
When we purchased the land in January of 2016, the vines, a mix of mostly red varietals covering 6 acres, were neglected; beyond revival. We chose to extract them and began resuscitating the volcanic soil, laying cover crop and preparing expanded acreage for new, organically farmed plantings. In the spring of 2018 we will begin the process of establishing the new High View Vineyard, working with varietals that remind us of our convictions and speak to the founded and reinvigorated brilliance of this part of the world.
Boz & Dominique Scaggs planted 2.2 acres to Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah & Counoise on their ranch at the northern crest of Mt Veeder in 1998. Situated on what was once a high valley lake; the soils are interspersed with gravely and Aiken loam deposits as you plunge the 300 vertical feet from top to bottom. One of the few remaining organic vineyards dedicated exclusively to these varietals in the Napa Valley, Scaggs is a cornerstone to our production, operating with the strong principles we hold dear. Boz transitioned the vineyard over to us, in its entirety in 2016. We look forward to working with this site for many years to come.
We were delighted to be introduced to the Colombini Ranch in 2017. The Carignane vines are over 75 years old and deeply rooted in the well-drained benchland soil of Mendocino County’s Redwood Valley. Head trained at a density of 681 vines per acre, the planting is of an earlier era; one that we admire for its long-term sustainability. Carignane has long been a favorite varietal. At its best, it can thread the needle with dense fruit and balanced acidity. Colombini offers a wonderful expression of this under recognized varietal.
The Yount Mill Vineyard has been owned by the Hoxsey family for 4 generations and is currently one of the largest continuous plantings in the Napa Valley. This vast site has been farmed organically in its entirety since 1987. We’re currently sourcing Semillon from Yount Mill, which happens to be the last head trained, dry farmed section in this historic vineyard. The vines are on drought tolerant rootstock in alluvial soil with 8 x 12 vine spacing. Yount Mill Semillon ripens quite early at low sugars giving way to light and refreshing flavors.