Sugarloaf Mountain West
Sugarloaf Mountain West offers a unique terroir for Bordeaux varietals in the Napa Valley. Unlike warmer vineyards up-valley, the climate of Suscol Bench naturally provides a longer hang-time resulting in profound color and flavor intensity. Combined with a southwestern exposure and a rock-laden soil harvesting the sun’s energy, this extraordinary terroir delivers the exceptional ripeness necessary for both the power and complexity required of great Cabernet-based wines.
WINES FROM SMW: Indigo color; concentrated black-fruit and cedar aromas that carry through with a burst of flavor on the palate; full-bodied and powerful in the mouth with a mild astringency in the lingering finish.
Summary Vineyard Data
|Acres||100 planted (160 gross acres)|
|Varietals||Cabernet Sauvignon (45.28 acres), Cabernet Franc (18.82 acres), Merlot (35.90 acres)|
Region II climate classification:
• Heat summation: 2,700 to 2,900 annual degree days
• Rainfall: Rainfall: 23.8 inches average per year
|Soils||Haire loam mixed with Hambright rock outcrop complex and Coombs gravely loam.|
|Blocks / Parcels||25 blocks (ranging from 0.6 to 10.9 acres)|
|Vine Density||2,074 to 2,165 vines per acre (3 ½ x 5 ¾ ft) on 100 acres|
|Trellis||Vertical Shoot Positioning|
|Clones & Rootstocks||
|Slope / Row Direction||5° to 30° slopes / mostly southwest facing vineyard blocks|