Perched 1200 feet above the valley floor within a picturesque setting in the rolling hills of Calistoga is Bella Vista Vineyards. Straddling the Napa and Sonoma county line along an old tractor path through the Chardonnay Vineyard, AuburnJames harvests its premium Chardonnay and Cabernet single vineyard designation fruit from several of the hillside Napa Valley blocks. The topography of Bella Vista provides each with a unique signature within the Calistoga terrior. Many of these vines were planted in 1974 and have secured themselves water and nutrients from deep roots penetrating many layers of earth. Bella Vista is a breathtaking place where some of the best fruit in the Napa Valley is grown!
At the center of the valley floor, Yountville is known for its cuisine, its hospitality, and its fruit. It is the place where several of AuburnJames' signature varietals are harvested. Albeit relatively small percentages in some of AuburnJames’ wines, but wonderful varietals like Merlot and Malbec that provide a winemaker with additional hues on his winemaking pallet. With these he can paint his Meritage. Jim makes use of the Yountville varietals to take our Bordeaux style blends to their full potential. For the club, Jim also reserves several barrels of each of these so that the purity of the varietal can be better understood and enjoyed. These are usually available to taste in Danville or by appointment at the winery and serve to provide a point of reference for those that want to get a deeper appreciation of what Jim has crafted within the blend for that vintage.
Nestled on the southeast facing hillside of a hollow in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley, the Raywood Vineyard produces only Cabernet Sauvignon and yields about 10 tons of fruit annually. Early morning sunshine gives way to filtered rays in the late afternoon. Two distinct harvests occur annually at the Raywood vineyard; The hillside and the hollow. AuburnJames selects fruit from both harvests with which it has created several vintages of Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet as well as its Napa Valley Meritage. Raywood is just a little gem of a vineyard from which only a very limited production can be bottled annually. Typically the Raywood production is reserved for club members only, but at the Danville tasting room, these wines can be tasted in concert with the other single vineyard designate Cabernets in tasting flights designed by Jim which take our guests on a trip through the Napa Valley. Join the club and take home some of the Raywood Cabernet!
Southern Napa produces some of the most desirable Cabernet grapes in all of California. The Reverance Ranch Vineyard is no exception. AuburnJames will release the Reverance Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon with the 2010 vintage. Club members will enjoy barrel tastings between now and the release.
AuburnJames is currently developing relationships with several additional small independent growers in Napa Valley and in other AVAs. Matt & Jim are continually looking for the best fruit in the region. These new partners will be announced during the release of the 2009 through 2011 vintages. We are very excited with what we have experienced thus far from the barrel room and we believe that our club members will be very happy with what is coming forth from the 2009 and 2010 crush!