A brief history
From its stunning 110-acre property on Pritchard Hill overlooking Oakville, Brand Napa Valley has cultivated three distinct estate vineyards ranging from 1200-1400 feet in elevation. A total of 11.58 planted acres are organically farmed and thoughtfully cultivated. There are a total of 17 individual vineyard blocks curated to 13 different rootstock and clonal combinations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The low yielding vines are farmed to express the power and beauty of this distinctive hillside property. In 2019, the estate was acquired by long-time Napa Valley grape growers and former Apple executives Jim Bean and Christine O'Sullivan. In 2020, biodynamic practices were initiated because BRAND believes what is below the ground should be as full of life as what grows above.
Located immediately below the winery, Vineyard N°95 is the foundation of the Brand Napa Valley BRIO Red Blend. This site includes a unique combination of some of the oldest and youngest plantings. At an elevation of 1200 feet above sea level, these vineyard blocks grow on shallow volcanic ash to produce vibrant and energetic Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
The finest Cabernet Franc is from Vineyard N°92, a site with deep red soil above the winery at 1300 feet. These vineyard blocks overlook Lake Hennessey and are sheltered in a shallow bowl that is ringed by trees. Cooling breezes from both the coast and lake moderate the daytime temperatures creating ideal growing conditions for the Cabernet Franc that is featured in the Brand Napa Valley Proprietary Blend. Meticulously farmed, these vines ripen fruit at a measured pace resulting in perfumed and delicious wines.
The shallow well drained soil of Vineyard N°90, our uppermost site at 1400 feet elevation, is also the rockiest on the estate. Here, vines struggle for scant resources under challenging growing conditions. The low yielding vineyard produces loose clusters of fruit with small berries, and the eastern sun exposure is ideal for ripening fruit. Farmed with great attention to detail, these blocks produce our most aromatic and intense Cabernet Sauvignon.