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Vineyards

Relationships are key to the success of any venture, most especially to a family wine business like ours. The lasting relationships we've cultivated with some of the region's top growers—notably Jan Krupp and Andy Beckstoffer in Napa Valley and Terry Gibson in the Russian River Valley—ensure that the Stewart Cellars label will always stand for enduring quality.

BECKSTOFFER LAS PIEDRAS VINEYARD

NAPA VALLEY - CABERNET SAUVIGNON

Formerly known as Beck IV, Las Piedras Vineyard sits at the base of Sulfur Creek on the outskirts of the Napa Valley town of St. Helena. Mostly level, the site belongs to the fan-shaped flood plain created by run-off from the creek. Gravelly alluvium washed down from terrace deposits of resistant metamorphic and sedimentary rock on the hillsides above. 

The Las Piedras soils are classified in the Cortina series of sandy loam. Riddled with rocks and cobbles, the soil is fast-draining, porous and excellent support for vine roots. A unique confluence of vine density and optimal growth creates the right balance for producing ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon: smaller berries with concentrated tannins exhibiting intense Cabernet characteristics. 

Nomad originates in blocks B and C of this vineyard, one of Andy Beckstoffer's finest. Vines in both blocks are grafted to 110R rootstock; block B is planted to Clone 4 and block C to Clone 337.

STAGECOACH VINEYARD

NAPA VALLEY - CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The J2 block of Stagecoach Vineyard is a gentle southward-facing slope in the middle of Jan Krupp's 1,200-acre Napa property. Planted to Clone 4 on 110R rootstock, the block features red clay soil mixed with fractured rock and yellow clay. These factors combine to produce a concentrated, structured wine: the stressed Clone 4 vines for concentration, the volcanic soil for big tannins and the southern exposure for rich, juicy fruit. 

On an eastern-facing slope closer to the western edge of the vineyard, block C2 is planted to Clone 337 on 3309 rootstock. Here the soils are much deeper and are comprised mostly of red and yellow clay with a thin top layer of loam. As a result of less stressful soil conditions and a cooler aspect, wine from this block tends to have a bit more finesse, with smooth tannins and bright, floral fruit aromas.

ROSS STATION VINEYARD

RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY - PINOT NOIR

Terry Gibson's Ross Road vineyard straddles the Green Valley and Russian River AVAs on a gentle ridge between Forestville and Graton in Sonoma County. It produces Pinot Noir characterized by minerality, bright fruit, silky tannins and well-balanced acidity. 

All root stock is 101-14, spaced 5 feet by 8 feet with just under 1,100 vines per acre. Soils belong to the famed Gold Ridge series of sandy clay loam that produces highly prized Pinot Noir. Irrigation is supplied from an on-site pond that fills every year from seasonal rainfall. double saddle topology ensures proper root drainage and moderate vigor. 

All trellises are vertical-shoot positioned with one fruit wire and three pairs of movable cane wires. Canes are thinned to two per mature healthy spur and are managed by movable wires to insure good sun exposure. Partial leaf thinning is done on the morning side of the vines.