In 1995 we decided to plant the crest of a ridge that the old-timers called Middle Ridge
, and we continue to use that name to describe the vineyard now located there. After the field was laid out for planting, we discovered from the air that it's shape was surprisingly similar to Italy and that Fox Point
, an adjacent field separated by a road, mirrored the correct position for Sicily. The original plan was to plant all of Middle Ridge
with Pinot Noir but, being unabashed romantics in love with the wines of Alto Adige in northern Italy, we decided to plant the upper half of the field with Pinot Gris. We laid out the rows across the slope; the trellis would have an ideal row direction for the canopy to protect the clusters during September's sun, and the rows would be terraced minimizing erosion. The disadvantage to planting cross-slope was that it would triple the number of rows and each would be much shorter therefore increasing farming costs.
Alfredo pumping wine from oak ovals into a bottling tank. The pump has a flowmeter so that we can easily make the final blend by using the same percentage of each lot as the sample that impressed Navarro's tasting panel.