Great Wine Starts in the Vineyard
At SoMa Cellars we source our grapes from some of the finest vineyards in California and Bordeaux. We choose our vineyards not only for their terroir – that magical melding of climate and geology, sun and soil – but also for the growers who employ the most rigorous viticultural techniques that allows us to produce the signature SoMa Cellars quality in our wines. Our current releases include wines made from the following vineyards:
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Broken Rock Vineyard · Soda Canyon · Napa Valley
This 48 acre vineyard is located in one of our favorite places in Napa – the eastern ridge of the valley near Soda Canyon at the base of Altas Peak. Wines from this region seem to have the best of mountainside structure but with the ripe flavors from the valley floor. Western exposure provides a afternoon sun for the 2,000 vines planted per acre (talk about dense!) on extremely low fertility soil (thus its names) and using Bill Hill’s precision viticulture techniques, this vineyard produces extremely concentrated wines with purple-black color and ripe, dark fruit aromatics. All of the Cabernet Sauvignon is planted to clone 337 on 3309 rootstock and the hillside has a western exposure to ensure plenty of sun.
Ink Grade Vineyard · Howell Mountain · Napa Valley
East of Calistoga, Ink Grade stands atop the Vaca Range on the eastern side of Howell Mountain. The high elevation causes daytime temperatures to be cooler and evening temperatures to be slightly warm- er than the Napa floor. Planted in 1990, Ink Grade stretches across 200 acres of terraced mountainous terrain. The site, planted to a quad of trellis, ekes out between 2 and 2.5 tons per acre. The iron rich red clay and decomposed volcanic ash are poor in nutrients and have difficulty retaining water. This combination stresses the vines to produce small berries with deeply structured spicy notes and robust tannins. This is one of the more technologically advanced sites, using “stress modules” to determine ripening and enables us to do multiple picks for optimal ripeness.
Rutherford Bench Vineyard · Rutherford · Napa Valley
Since the 1800s, Rutherford has produced some of the world’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon. Set in the afternoon shadows of the Mayacamas Mountains and sand- wiched between Oakville and St. Helena, Rutherford is widely regarded as the sweet spot for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. The Rutherford Bench Vineyard was planted in 1989 to the well-regarded clone 7. The wines from this benchland site consistently deliver saturated berry-like flavors and moderate ripe blackfruit that does not overpower silky tannins and an intriguing aromatic element often referred to as “Rutherford Dust.”
Alder Springs Vineyard · Mendocino County
Alder Springs is located 150 miles north of San Francisco and 12 miles east of the Mendocino coast. The region is undeveloped and bordered by dramatic coastlines and enormous redwood trees. Although the vineyards are planted between 1700-2700 feet in elevation, the landscape of peaks and valleys and bigger peaks rises to 4,000 feet and o ers nearly perfect growing conditions – bright sun, cool nights and phenomenal low-vigor soils. The vines are planted on steep hillsides of decomposing sandstone with as much as 3,300 vines per acre—talk about dense! For example, the average California grape grower can expect a vine to yield between 10-50 pounds of fruit... on average, Alder Springs Vineyard produces just 2 1/2 pounds of grapes in order to concentrate the avor of each grape. Aromas of wet stone, mushroom, violet, leather and red fruit. Bing cherry, huckleberry, cassis, bittersweet chocolate, black pepper on the palate. This vineyard is the benchmark for northern California, cool-climate Syrah.
Grist Vineyard · Dry Creek Valley · Sonoma County
Located just west of Healdsburg in northern Sonoma County, Grist sits on top of Bradford Mountain 1,000 feet above the Dry Creek Valley floor 15 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. In between is nothing but forested hills where countless mountain lions, wild pigs and deer roam. This certified organic vineyard adds a bit of mountain structure and spice to the traditional Dry Creek brambly red fruits. Named for the old grist mill on the property, it was planted to Zinfandel about 100 years ago. The vineyard was replanted beginning in 1973 and has been farmed organically since 2003. The head pruned vines sit in iron-rich, red volcanic soils that stress the vines into low yields and concentrated wines exhibiting blackberry, blueberry, violets, leather, currant and spice. Like many of our other mountain sites, Grist sits above the fog line creating a unique microclimate of decreased humidity and increased hours of sun exposure.
Catie’s Corner Vineyard · Russian River Valley · Sonoma County
Catie’s Corner is located in the middle to slightly northern section of Sonoma County’s famous Russian River Valley. Our small block of Viognier has a gently rolling profile with predominantly Huichica loam soil. One of the most important qualities about this site for Viognier is the consistent cycle of gentle warming and cooling each day, often the result of foggy mornings and evenings. This helps preserve the balance between attractive natural acidity and the opulent flavors typical of Viognier. This cycle of warming and cooling also leads to a lengthier period of ripening during which flavors and aromas can develop gradually and with greater depth and complexity. Wines from the vineyard offer pronounced citrus and floral characteristics balanced by vibrant acidity.
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Morgaen Lee Vineyard · Yountville · Napa Valley
Nestled on the floor of the beautiful Yountville AVA, Morgaen Lee Vineyard thrives in the cool, crisp mornings breaking into warm, sunny afternoons allowing the Sauvignon Blanc grapes to flourish. Using a GDC trellising system, the grapes are largely spaced for optimal sun exposure and increased protection from frost. Planted to clone 14, this satiny, crisp and elegant wine is your classic Sauvignon Blanc with a finish reminiscent of what you find from New Zealand producers of the grape. The translation in bottle generally yields earthy flavors and mineral essence layered with tropical fruit, melon and a hint of grapefruit on the nose.
Grande Catélie · Pauillac · Cabernet Sauvignon
This one hectare (2.5 acre) parcel of 35-year-old vines rests on light, sandy gravel soil which forces the vineyard roots to dive deep for nutrients into the subsurface of clay and limestone. Near the village of Bages, this parcel adjoins parcels in the backyard of Pichon Longueville Baron and is located less than a kilometer from the front yard of Château Grand Puy Lacoste, each of whom own vineyards in this sector. This Cabernet is characterized by powerful wines of great elegance and density, tight fine grain tannins and aromas of dark fruit, licorice and cedar.
Cabalyran · Haut-Médoc · Cabernet Sauvignon
This parcel of 53 and 35-year-old Cabernet Sauvignon vines is perfectly situated on the top of a gravel hill with a deep base of blue clay and limestone. Located just north of Saint-Estèphe, this vineyard is adjacent to those owned by Sociando Mallet. The average density of 9,000 vines per hectare planted on 3309 and 420A rootstock ensures excellent canopy health with strong competition for water and nutrients. The resulting Cabernet Sauvignon is both concentrated and powerful, producing dark-colored wines with a strong tannin backbone. The aroma and avor emphasize long-lasting dark fruit and mineral components.
Le Ruisseau · Côtes De Castillon · Merlot
This 1.8 hectare (4.4 acre) clay over limestone parcel of old vine is located a stone’s throw from the demarcation line separating the Saint-Émilion and Côtes de Castillon appellations. It has nothing to envy of its neighbor, sitting on the uppermost section of a south-facing slope with excellent drainage and perfect exposure to sunlight. Cropped to ensure low yields (35 hl/hectare), the result is a Merlot that strongly emphasizes the fruit characteristics of nearby Saint-Émilion, yet with a combination of depth of fruit and more subtle tannins that provide the perfect counterpart to our parcel of Pey Labrie.
Le Barrail · Saint-Émilion · Cabernet Franc
This parcel belongs to Château Mangot, located in the quality enclave of Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse. Situated on the southern face of a typical Saint- Émilion limestone slope (neighbors include Château Faugeres, Valandraud, Rol Valentin and Fleur Cardinal), these 40-year-old vines on limestone-tolerant 41-B and Fercal rootstock produce concentrated, small berries. With typical yields of 35-40hl/hectare, the resulting wine combines deep aromatics, freshness, plenty of fruit and mineral components. The tannin profile provides an ideal tannin backbone to blends. It also has the concentration required to stand as the dominant component of any blend.