A brief history
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“The really great part about the vineyard location is being at the southern end of the valley, up on a rocky plateau, up on the hill surrounded by some of the more famous vineyards in the area. There’s a pedigree to these vineyards for a reason. Beautiful red soils all throughout. That type of site is hard to replicate.” Garrett Buckland ~ Viticulture Consultant
People who know Oakville Ranch talk a lot about the soils—bright orange soils with enormous boulders called core stones. They are part of a major landslide that occurred 200,000 years ago. The wines are big. They’re powerful and structured, yet there’s also a lushness and a suppleness associated with the soils created through cover crop and organic practices.
“We’re right between 300 and 600 feet, so it’s a sweet spot in elevation. When Coombsville has fog, this is where it burns off first; when there is frost down below, we’re protected. We ripen late and it’s almost a northwest exposure with more rock than soil. We’ve got good intensity, good acidity, distinct from anywhere else in the district." John Caldwell- Winegrower
“The signature of the Sleepoing Lady is depth, aromatics, perfume. The gravel streak that undulates through the property provides an edge, a soil variation, contributing a bit of tension, complexity, and structure, but the tannins are never harsh; they are polished and refined." ~ winemaker Julien Fayard