Great wine begins with great grapes. Kaye Wines sources fruit from a number of well known vineyards throughout Napa and Sonoma Valleys. The vineyards we select are chosen for their distict flavor profiles and complementary characteristics, as well as their ability to consistently produce some of the region's best grapes.
Stagecoach Vineyard, Napa Valley (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Stagecoach climbs between 900 and 1,700 feet up the southern face of Pritchard Hill in Napa. The site is planted to a wide range of varietals and rootstocks and features several distinct microclimates. We source our Cabernet from a small, steep block near the top of the site. This section, planted to clone 341, is lower yielding than most of the vineyard and emphasizes Asian spice and dried herbs on top of a core of black currant.
Rafael Vineyard, Napa Valley (Cabernet Sauvignon)
Rafael Vineyard is a sloping hillside property in Oak Knoll region of Napa. Being in the southern part of the valley, the temperatures are moderated by the weather patterns coming off San Pablo Bay. These cooling breezes and morning fogs help the grapes retain assertive acids that warmer growing spots can’t match. The vines at Rafael are planted in porous sands and gravel, which forces the roots to work deep into the ground in search of water. This natural devigoration helps produce smaller berries with balanced concentrations of tannins and acidity.
Split Rock Vineyard, Sonoma Valley (Pinot Noir)
Split Rock is located in the Sonoma Coast growing region on the west side of Sonoma Mountain. Its rocky soils combine with winds from the Petaluma Gap to create a challenging growing environment, but one that consistently produces great fruit. Most of the vineyard has optimal southwest exposure and is densely planted with over 2,000 vines per acre. Wines from this cool climate site are dense, feature dark cherry and have an excellent tannin and acid backbone required for aging.
Lake Cynthia Vineyard, Napa Valley (Merlot)
Lake Cynthia Vineyard is located off the Silverado Trail in the southern part of Napa. This section of the valley is relatively cool, with temperatures up to 10 degrees lower than St. Helena. However, being on the east side of the valley, Lake Cynthia receives more hours of sunlight than the Napa floor. The moderate temperatures and long sun exposure result in an excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. Wines from the vineyard show tremendous depth with plumand red fruits.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, Napa Valley (Cabernet Franc)
Located at the southern end of the Napa Valley, Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard resides on an exposed spine of volcanic rock. The topsoil only permeates to a depth of 24 inches (in most areas less). Below the shallow topsoil lies a fractured bed of Basaltic Igneous rock, remnants of volcanic activity some 7 million years ago, and acts like a giant solar panel, collecting and radiating solar heat throughout the day and into the night, well after the sun has set. The solar capture and radiation help to keep growing degrees day at Sugarloaf Mountain closer to those of many well-known “up Valley” vineyards.
Coombsville Vineyard, Napa Valley (Petit Verdot)
East of the town of Napa, Coombsville Vineyard is cooled by the fog and breezes blowing off San Pablo Bay. The 65-acre site is planted to Bordeaux varietals on gently sloping terrain. The cooler climate allows for a nice long growing season and produces a fleshy, more opulent interpretation of the grape. Planted to clones 4 and 337 on 110R rootstock, the clusters here are smaller due to slightly distressed soils and lower precipitation totals in this section of Napa.