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Directly to the North Of Los Carneros and veering off to the Northwest for some 13 miles as it follows both the Mayacamas range and the boundary with Sonoma is the Mount Veeder AVA. It is here that one finds the steepest, most challenging vineyards in Napa Valley. Based as it is around the slopes of a long dormant Volcano, Mt. Veeder's soil is composed of decomposed basalt and compact ash as well as sandstone and shale at the lower elevations. With almost 3 feet of rail annually, these porous soils are one of the elements that distinguish this AVA, no to mention making it even more challenging to establish a vineyard here. The high elevation, ranging from 600 to 2300 ft, keeps the vineyards out of the reach of the San Pablo bay fog and results in temperatures that are moderate for the region. This combination of factors creates some stern, structured wines but with beautifully complex fruit. Cabernet and Chardonnay long have been the grapes of note from Mt. Veeder, with the Chardonnays retaining bright Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Brandlin Vineyard

    Brandlin Vineyard is located on a Mount Veeder ridgeline, in the southern Mayacamas Range on Napa...

  • Lava Vine Vineyards

    Lava Vine's wine grapes are hand-harvested, and the soil is nearly 100% volcanic. These wines a...

  • Wing Canyon Vineyard

    Wing Canyon Vineyard is a very small and remote bonded winery and steep hillside vineyard locate...

  • Rubissow-Sargent

    This longstanding under-the-radar winery in Berkeley is now closed. The NEW Rubissow brand has ta...

  • VGS Chateau Potelle Winery

    A recent visitor to the Château Potelle Tasting Room, spotting a bottle of Zin VGS, exclaimed in ...

  • Sky Vineyards

    Sky Vineyards is a fourteen-acre vineyard and small family winery nestled between the crown of Mt...

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