Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
A blend of Wente and Dijon clones, this Valley floor fruit is harvest from vines just under half a century old – who ever thought “ugly” old gnarly Chardonnay vines could produce such “beautiful” juice? These are either the same vines or contiguous to the vines, that comprised part of the 1976 Judgement of Paris winner, the ‘73 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay crafted by Mike Grgich (who himself confirmed the approximate vineyard location).
Carneros District, Sonoma County
For five gorgeous vintages we have been oh-so-fortunate to source our Pinot Noir from a dear friend and fellow vintner’s back yard. Inimitable in beauty and good taste are both Anne Moller-Racke and her gorgeous vineyard, in which she grows Swann, 337 and 667/777 clones. Because she is farming to a tiny two ton per acre average, the vineyard yields lush, intense, yet elegant wines with brilliant acidity. These are favorite pairing wines for several Sommeliers we know.
Carneros District, Napa Valley
No grower is more respected or gives more loving care to his vineyards than does Tony Truchard. So we were thrilled when he agreed to sell us a few tons of his coveted Syrah grapes (under a bit of good natured pressure – most consumers have no idea what a “pain” it is to “groom” small lots for boutique vintners like shadowbox). But then we were, and are, fortunate.
Stags' Leap Vineyard, Napa Valley
Maintained and managed by the Reynolds Family, Annapurna Vineyard yields superb Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot vines averaging over a quarter century in age. Every vintage of shadowbox Cabernet Sauvignon made for us by Steve Reynolds has included all the Annapurna grapes that we could talk Steve into leaving out of his own terrific label. He always seems to have come through with the perfect amount as our wines have been beautiful. A breakthrough came in 2013 when, after much cajoling, Steve conceded to make a single vineyard Annapurna for our shadowbox label…..you gotta’ taste this 2013 to believe it.