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                                              Vineyards & Winemaking

Calistoga AVA - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Gubel Family Vineyard


Planted in 2000, the twenty four year old Cabernet Sauvignon vines in this valley floor vineyard are dry farmed, meticulously cared for and maintained to high viticultural standards, including being sustainably farmed. Calistoga's hot days help this vineyard create rich, fruit driven, full-bodied, red fruit flavors while its cool nights help maintain good acid balance, structure and power.  The quality and intensity of this year's crop is exceptional and will produce beautifully expressive wines.

Atlas Peak AVA - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon,  The Ranch Vineyard

Planted in 1999, by the Hendrickson family, The Ranch is a mountainside vineyard nestled between Mondavi Animo to the South and the Stage Coach to the North. It is quintessential Atlas Peak. At 1700 feet above the valley floor, it is above the fog line and receives maximum exposure to Napa's sunlight. Geologically, it offers rocky, mineral rich, volcanic soil that produces complex flavors and big tannins. The resulting wine will be dense, firm, and will show off rich fruit and chewy tannins.

Solano County AVA - Suisun Valley SangioveseLanza Family Vineyards

Monvitis has added a Super Tuscan style Sangiovese based wine to its line-up. Having received critical acclaim for these wines in the past our winemaker sought out a vineyard with exceptional terroir and the appropriate climate for growing Sangiovese. Nestled among the vineyards and rolling hills of the Suisun Valley was a perfect match. The Lanza family, having settled in the Suisun Valley from Northern Italy in 1944, has been growing beautifully expressive Sangiovese for decades.  The fruit quality and Lanza's viticultural excellence show in the pronounced varietal flavors & aromas.

Oakville AVA - Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Nemerever Vineyard







Planted in 2001, by the Nemerever family, this  six acre vineyard is located in Oakville, California.  The vineyard is planted on both hillside and alluvial vineyard blocks. The Oakville AVA is an officially demarcated two-mile-wide swath of Napa Valley that extends to 1,000 feet in elevation up the base of the Vaca Mountains to the east and 500 feet in elevation in the Mayacamas Mountains to the west. Within this small district you will find the greatest concentration of fruit used by Napa Valley’s preeminent producers of Cabernet Sauvignon.  

Harvest at the Winery 
In addition to the varietals featured above, smaller lots of of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec from other exceptional vineyards are made specifically for blending. It takes a great team and careful coordination between the vineyards and the winery to seamlessly take grapes picked cool between 2:00-4:00 a.m. and have them crushed at 5:00-6:00 a.m. before they begin to warm. The winery team shows exceptional dedication and diligence year in and year out!

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