Nestled into the base of the Mayacamas Mountains along Mill Creek at the northern terminus of the St. Helena sub-appellation, Bale Mill Creek has its roots in one of the classic alluvial fans of the Napa Valley.
The original plantings, dating back to the early 1990’s, sit in gravelly soils studded with obsidian stones brought across the valley from Glass Mountain by the Native Americans that once camped along the creek. This vineyard is farmed “beyond organic” by Jim Gamble to cordon trained vines, low to the ground, that undulate along the alluvial fan allowing for wines of deep color. A cool evening breeze brought over the mountains from the Pacific Ocean assists in balancing the vineyard’s depth with a natural freshness, complementing the aromatically unique fruit from this well-draining site.
To Be Released | Spring 2021
Winemaker's Notes | In the glass, aromas of classic red fruits and crushed cherry mingle with wildflowers and clove. On the palate, the wine’s texture coats the mouth like bittersweet chocolate and provides an endless finish. A layered depth lingers and reflects harmony between vineyard and cellar.
To Be Released | Spring 2022
Notes from the Growing Season | A dry, warm Winter preceded a cool Spring with heavier than average rainfall. Mild Spring conditions led to a late bud break, indicating the potential for a long growing season. Cooler than average, and stable conditions pushed into Summer with flowering beginning in late May and early June throughout the valley.
Protected by a consistently mild Summer, vines were not overstressed, allowing for fruit to mature delicately for optimum color and tannin development. On schedule for the season, veraison began in late July and early August.
Harvest began several days prior to the 2018 vintage with our Platt Vineyard Chardonnay mid-September. Our Cabernet Sauvignon harvest began in late September, and finally concluded in late October.
The typically hot, windy Fall season held to more temperate weather, accenting the long growing season, protecting fruit dehydration and sunburn. The excellent potential seen during the 2019 growing season was translated in the quality of wine of put to barrel. We look forward to sharing this vintage with the release of our 2019 single vineyard wines in Spring 2022.