Henry Brothers Vineyard, Howell Mountain
Howell Mountain is extraordinary because of the interplay between cooler temperatures and near constant sun exposure. This, combined with the two soil types of red clay and volcanic ash, make for uniquely, intense, powerful wines that consistently maintain their natural acidity along with a complex, savory flavor expression.
The Henry Brothers vineyard is planted to an assortment of clones, including clone 337, 4, 191, 29, and 7, The exposure of the vineyard is unique in that it faces north, allowing for slow and steady flavor development.
Henry Brothers Vineyard was established by Brian Henry and his sons, who all had a hand in felling the trees on the site. Brian Henry, an OBGYN by day, has delivered many of the Napa Valley's babies, including Lars and Molly's.
Ruhl Vineyard, Mt. Veeder
Mt Veeder, because of its rugged, volcanic soils, produces the lowest yielding vines in all of Napa Valley. It is the only hillside appellation to adjoin the Carneros disctrict, benefiting from the cooling influences of the San Pablo Bay, which is especially beneficial for Chardonnay.
At approximately 1000 feet, the Ruhl vineyard produces Chardonnay grapes that ripen slowly, with an especially unique flavor profile. The three different aspects on the vineyard site (level, southeast facing, and north facing) that overlook the city of Napa contribute to a broad flavor spectrum. The Dijon clone 76 helps to express this flavor array.