Our Hobel The Figure Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from the Pozzan Vineyard in Calistoga. The Pozzan Vineyard, a five acre hillside vineyard located on the northwest slope of Diamond Mountain in the Calistoga AVA, looks out towards a panoramic view of Mount St. Helena and the notable Palisades of the Vaca Mountain range. Planted on Aiken Loam, a prized terroir known for its rocky, cobbled reddish soil, the vineyard enjoys intense daytime heat followed by a bath of cooling breezes in the late afternoon coming across the Chalk Hill Gap, originating from the Pacific Ocean. This unique combination of hot days and cool nights produces a rich and nuanced Cabernet Sauvignon graced by balanced acid levels and a structured tannin profile.
Pozzan Vineyard was originally planted in the 1880s to Zinfandel and re-planted in 2010 with a specific combination of rootstocks and Cabernet Sauvignon clones selected by soil scientist and viticulturist Paul Anamosa to compliment the variable soil structures found around the property. The vineyard is expertly managed and farmed by Roberto Corona, with valued insight from viticultural consultant Nathan Baty, vineyard QC and grower relations professional Daniel Ricciato and venerated winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown.
Heritage School Vineyards
The source for The Burl, Heritage School Vineyards is situated in the northwest corner of the Napa Valley on an extension of Diamond Mountain, on a diverse 48-acre property with 6 acres of vineyards. The Hillside Vineyard is a steep, rocky site with volcanic soil, using 110R rootstock and clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Lakeview Vineyard is planted to a wonderful combination of clone 6 and 337 Cabernet Sauvignon on 101-14 rootstock. The vineyard has excellent drainage because of the rocky soils and receives wonderful sunlight throughout the day.
The Arris is sourced from Sodhani Vineyards, a family owned 6.5 acre hillside vineyard nestled in the dense forest in the foothills of Spring Mountain in the St. Helena appellation. The vines, planted in 2000 with clones 7, 15, and 337, each have their own varietal characteristics and are in full maturity producing spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to the steep slope, the vineyard is entirely hand farmed and meticulously hand harvested before dawn so the fruit arrives at the winery in pristine condition.
Our Hobel The Grain Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from the Engelhard Vineyard in Calistoga. The Engelhard Vineyard sits between 475 and 575 feet at the base of Diamond Mountain in the Calistoga AVA. This location provides ideal growing conditions due to the combination of cool mornings and evenings, with beautiful sun exposure during the middle of the day.
All of the grapes included in The Grain are from the highest and steepest elevations of the vineyard, planted on soil composed of well-drained volcanic rock. With Thomas Brown’s guidance, we selected three clones of Cabernet Sauvignon (See Clone, Clone 4 & Clone 6) that we believed would, when combined, produce the quality and complexity we were looking for in our wine. We produced wines from this vineyard, using the same vines, beginning with our inaugural 2009 vintage through our 2017 vintage.
Winfield Vineyard, located in the Calistoga AVA of the upper Napa Valley, is the source for The Cut. The site sits on a “mezzanine” above the valley floor which is a bench of alluvial material deposited from the volcanic Vaca Range and palisade formations above. The vineyard has seven distinct blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon differentiated by their soil type & moisture content, rootstock & clone selection and viticultural & irrigation farming protocols. The Cut is harvested from Block 5, which produces the most consistently dark and concentrated fruit making it Thomas Brown’s favorite corner of the vineyard.
Overall, the property extends from 425 to 590 ft. in elevation, and the confluence of geologic landscapes at this site, combined with the unique climate of the upper valley, create a terroir ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard itself is surrounded by a natural amphitheater of steep, sun-focused hillsides, and its soils are predominantly cobbly loam with gravelly loam in the upper sections. The property also benefits from higher daytime temperatures given the altitude and cooler nighttime conditions from the maritime air pulled into the valley from the coast.