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:
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Castellucci Vineyard · Spring Mountain District · Napa Valley
Castellucci is located on a steep, dramatic site on the top of Spring Mountain, near St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The site has been a vineyard since the 1800s and at one time was named Fern Rock Vineyard. The property has a natural spring that feeds its reservoir. The current vines were planted in 1993. The vines, which eke out just two tons per acre, cling to the hillside at this steeply terraced property. The nutrient-poor soils and high elevation result in archetypal mountain vines with deeply concentrated dense black and blue fruit on the nose and a palate of graceful complexity and refined tannins.
Ponti Road Vineyard · Rutherford · Napa Valley
Rutherford is the historical center of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Ponti Road is a classic Rutherford site situated on gravelly benchland between Conn Creek and the Silverado Trail. With only 2 acres, all planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, and only 836 vines per acre Ponti Road is dedicated to maintaining the highest quality fruit in Rutherford. Inky black in color with a lush fore palate, wines made from Ponti Road pick up weight in the mid-palate with refined tannins in the finish.
Stagecoach Vineyard · Atlas Peak · Napa Valley
The large 600-acre Stagecoach Vineyard climbs between 900 and 1700 feet up the southern face of Pritchard Hill to Atlas Peak in the Mayacamas Mountains bordering the east side of the Napa Valley. 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 is lower-yielding than most of the vineyard. Stagecoach is rich in history, rocks and perennial high-scoring wines. Slower ripening is typical in this area, resulting in haunting, dense, black fruit characteristics supported by sturdy mountain tannins.
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.
2018 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 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 vineyard provides additional elegance and finesse to go with the power and structure that is typical of top-quality Pauillac Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of dark fruit, licorice and cedar are typically found in the resulting wine.
Demi-Lune · Saint-Estèphe · Cabernet Sauvignon
This vineyard is located on one of the highest points of Saint-Estèphe. It's soil consists of 3-4 meters of gravel before reaching a clay substrate and the limestone bedrock. These 20-year-old vines produce a Cabernet Sauvignon with significant power and structure reaffirmed by tight tannins. The resulting wine expresses itself through red fruit and spicy notes as well as significant precision in terms of length and "mouthfeel."
Le Château · Canon-Fronsac · Merlot
This vineyard is located at the very top of the picturesque amphitheater of Canon-Fronsac, where the best properties of the appellation are located. This "bowl" benefits from ample sunshine and heat retention and is located in a sector where the friable limestone can be found just under a base layer of clay. These 50-year-old, low-yielding vines typically produce aromatic, dark ruby-colored wines with a solid tannin structure, emphasizing red currants and raspberry, which age wonderfully over time.
La Pierre · Saint-Émilion · Merlot
This hilltop vineyard overlooks the entire valley of Saint-Étienne-de-Lisse, one of the highest-quality sectors in Saint-Émilion. Planted directly on "calcaire sur asteries (friable limestone) with only 25 to 50 cm. of clay, the vines are forced to plunge deep for nutrients, ensuring small berries and fruit concentration. Its hilltop location endures strong winds and austere conditions throughout the growing season which provide freshness, acidity and complex tannins to the resulting wine. With its persistent tannins, the wine can be tight in its younger years. It ages beautifully, however, to reveal all of the best of Saint-Émilion Merlot.
Labrie · Saint-Émilion · Cabernet Franc
The vineyard is situated on the plain of Saint-Émilion - with a terroir of predominantly sandy soil with a little gravel and a vein of "crasse de fer" (iron oxide) around a half meter underground, which provides depth and complexity. The forty-year-old vines are cropped very low, with four bunches to the vine. The resulting wine combines deep concentration with abundant fruit and the tannic backbone required to bolster the structure of any blend.