Since the start the vineyards have been operated to sell most of the fruit to North Coast wineries and a percentage held out for the Northern CA home (amateur winemaker) market. Only a small percentage of grape production is kept for wine production under the existing labels.
We grow many ‘Alternative” varietals and seek even more to satisfy the more ambitious exploration of variety. Recently a test block of Trousseau Noir, a grape of the Jura in France, has been established. Small lot commercial producers are encouraged to discuss thoughts and varieties with us. Going forward in 2018 Chenin Blanc takes center stage as significant grafting over 23 year old Zinfandel vines is contracted. An exceptional field clone has been sourced from the Sierra Foothills and proven itself well in the “Heritage White” block over multiple vintage fermentations.
While there are significant long term commitments for much of the fruit, seasonal opportunities to buy grapes exist each year. Getting orders in early for the un-contracted fruit is the only sure way to secure your needs. We recommend contact back to us in early spring (March – May) to find the full breadth of annual opportunities.
Grapes are sold by the ton or pound FOB vineyard. Pricing is directly influenced by Crush District 5 previous year crush reports from California. Suisun Valley, along with Green Valley are the only two North Coast AVA in Solano County (Crush District 5) and represent the top of scale within the annual varietal averages from district 5.
For North Coast quality the Suisun Valley represents some of the best value that can be found. High quality fruit at lowest pricing in the North Coast is a reality. Listed below are coming vintage grapes available for sale.
Zindandel, Petite Sirah, Trousseau Noir.
Zinfandel Clone History:
Field selection (clone ID not provided) from the estate vineyard at Summit Lake Vineyards, Howell Mtn District, Napa Valley. This was a mid aged vineyard on top ridge of Howell Mtn and next door to estate Zinfandel vineyard of Lamborn Family Vineyards.
Mid September 1995
On-site inspection of and cutting for Fall budding, best specimen vines were used for green budwood.
Grafted about third week 9/95 onto 100R rooting, excellent spring take and training
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Date Posted: 01/09/2016
Varietal: Zinfandel Clone: Field selection from Summit Lake Vineyards, Howell Mtn Rootstock: 110R & St George
Quantity: 600 GA BULK WINE Vineyard: King Andrews Vineyards - Gitsham Block Location: Suisun Valley
Comments: Vines were planted in 1995 on 6x9 spacing with grafting of Summit Lake clone of Zinfandel that fall. Trellis trained to a simple three wire system using 18" cross arm provides good dappled light to fruit zone and abundant air movement. Fruit profile runs to bright red berry and moderate pepper spice tannin. HIllside in nature, the vineyard provides three unique exposures of southeast south and southwest. Each zone produces slightly different intensity in profile.