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V. Vineyards


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V. Vineyards is located on the Sonoma County side of Spring Mountain, sitting at approximately 1800 feet elevation in the Mayacamas Mountains, one mile from the Napa County line. The AVA is Sonoma County. Nearby vineyards include Pride Mountain Estate, Fisher Estate Vineyards (Sonoma County), Paloma, Barnett Vineyards and other Spring Mountain AVA vineyard estates.

Highly limited production, handcrafted small lot wines, there are currently five blocks over 5 acres of the estate vines. Varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon (predominant), Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Planted 2007, to rootstock 420A and 101-14, Clones 4, 7 and 337 (CS). Soil composition is primarily Loam and ash, with excellent drainage.

The elevation of V. Vineyards affords a slightly cooler growing climate which allows the aromas and tannins to ripen along with the sugars, while protecting the acidity of the fruit, resulting in optimum structural balance and an elegant profile to the wine.

The uniqueness of this high elevation, sloping vineyard allows the vines to grow under well drained, sloped soils to be naturally limited in it’s vigor, therefore producing small highly concentrated berries year after year. Every task in the Vineyard from pruning, to suckering, to leafing, to green dropping and finishing with harvest is done by hand by the same crew since planting to ensure consistency and the highest quality possible.

Winemaking

 

Winemaker Jean Hoefliger.

 

Mr. Hoefliger is currently Winemaker and General Manager of AXR Napa Valley, and Consulting Winemaker at Alpha Omega, Napa Valley, along with Consulting Winemaker Michel Rolland.

Born and raised in Switzerland, his initial experience took him from Switzerland to Bordeaux, and South Africa, making wine at the esteemed estates of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Carbonnieux and Meerlust.

Prior to joining Alpha Omega, Napa Valley, Jean spent 10 years as Winemaker for Newton Vineyards, Spring Mountain. In addition to V. Vineyards, Mr. Hoefliger consults for a number of other renowned local and international wine projects including The Debate, Decades 5, MR (Michel Rolland), Clark-Claudon, Speratus Wines, and others. 

Jean’s winemaking decisions are based solely on taste, starting in the vineyards and continuing through fermentation. Jean brings the true character of the vine and the terroir into the wine by making naturally fermented, unfined and unfiltered wines that show elegance, finesse and the capacity to age.

Vineyards wines are currently being produced, barrel fermented, barrel aged and bottled at Bouchaine Vineyards, Napa Valley.