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Shadybrook Vineyards

Farming Practices

Nestled in the eastern hills of Coombsville, Napa Valley’s newest and highly sought after AVA (American Viticulture Area), you will find Shadybrook Estate’s 25 hillside acres.  The vineyard’s 250-foot variation in elevation along with the diverse topography of five distinct western facing hills offers a complex blend of microclimates and slope exposures.  Originally part of a volcanic caldera, there are countless variations in soil composition and depth.   The unique personality of this 12 acre vineyard affords us the rare opportunity to precisely match our terroir to five individual clones of Cabernet Sauvignon along with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec.  Our vines struggle a bit more at the crown of each swale due to the thinner soil depth and very rocky sub-soil. As the waves of vines descend toward the base of the hill the soils get progressively deeper which causes less stress and results in the production of more supple fruit.  To take advantage of these subtle differences, each individual slope is farmed as though it were a single vineyard.  This allows for the development of optimal ripeness and a broad range of vinous components, creating a finished product layered with complexity.