In 1998, after two years in searching for a site that could be developed into a premium, world class vineyard, the goal was finally achieved. This site possesses the attributes for a unique terroir with features of steep slopes at high elevations of 1100 to 1550 feet above sea level with very rocky volcanic soils. The vineyard has a unique microclimate next to Atlas Peak. It is above the morning fog which allows abundant sunshine throughout the day to ripen the grapes fully. Cooling westerly breezes come over the mountainridge midday and in the late afternoon the mountainridge shades the hot afternoon sun.
“A rare beauty, this evolved, complex Napa Cabernet from the exceptional 2007 vintage has notes of cherry cobbler, blackcurrant, raspberry jam, stewed tomato, forest floor, sautéed Crimini mushroom, kidney bean, cumin, cedar, vanilla, Maplewood smoke and potpourri. It is full, round, thick and mouth-coating, with earthy and fruity notes merging together nicely. The winning soft, supple texture is framed nicely if subtly by juicy acidity, and lavish oak barrel tannins only begin to show themselves on the long, flavorful finish. Kudos to the winery for taking the time to let this wine evolve and develop in house. Enjoy this new release now and for years to come.”
"Erba sources grapes for his red wines from the high elevation hillsides from the 20 acre Erba Estate Vineyard next to Atlas Peak. The vineyard is at 1100 to 1550 feet elevation with steep slopes averaging 20%. There are 20 blocks with different exposures but mostly southern facing which allows full ripening of the grapes even in cool years. The vineyard is cooled by the fog late in the day which lifts quickly in the morning so there is full sun exposure throughout the day."