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1111 White Lane (at Hwy 29)
St. Helena, CA 94574
There is a massive maritime influence in terms of cool breezes and fog that emanates from San Pablo Bay into the lower reaches of Napa Valley. As one moves up the Napa Valley the marine influence of the bay declines and the local microclimate changes to a drier and warmer environment..By having Estate Vineyards in multiple regions of the valley we are able to plant varieties that are ideally suited to a particular site.
Dario wanted to make sure that 80% of this property remained untouched, so he signed a conservation agreement with the Napa Valley Land Trust in 2000. He gave up the right to develop or build on 111 acres and the remaining 414 acres will be given over in the near future. Thus the land will forever be saved from commercial and residential development and its agricultural value will be protected for generations to come.
Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot are planted in the low-lying areas along the banks of Blue Creek and Carneros Creek. Here the cool, maritime air pools and remains longer during the morning hours. Also, the creek bank soils are more clay loam which adds to the cooler environs.
As these vines mature a little more each year, the wines just get more spectacular each vintage. The Riesling is delicate. The Pinot Noir is very Burgundian, a feature hard to duplicate in California. And the Merlot, which refutes the movie Sideways’ observation that California Merlots are flabby and uninteresting, proves that when a Merlot is grown in an environment that is climatically correct, it can rival any Cabernet Sauvignon. V. Sattui Henry Ranch Merlot does just that.
Cabernet Sauvignon is planted in the higher reaches of the ranch, predominately atop Mount Veeder where the cool air drains earlier in the morning and there is more sunlight and warmth with deeper, sandstone soils. (The ranch actually straddles two Napa appellations, Carneros and Mt. Veeder.) This Cabernet has really come into its own stride, with abundant fruit and a delightful streak of pepper in the finish.
Although it is surrounded by some of the finest quality vineyards in the world, Henry Ranch had never been planted to grapes. It is ironic that it was Dario Sattui who introduced the first grapevine to this ranch. With this and other vineyard holdings, V. Sattui is now able to supply itself with over 85% of its grape needs.