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Vineyard Sourcing

In conjunction with the Blackbird estate vineyard - which provides fruit for the foundation of the wine portfolio - Blackbird fosters long-term partnerships with premium vineyard sources throughout Napa Valley where growers are passionate about their approach to farming.

These vineyards are hand-selected for their health, superiority and exceptional fruit quality, allowing Winemaker Aaron Pott to produce elegantly styled, appropriately balanced red wines that offer short and long term cellaring potential.

Ballard Vineyard

Ballard Vineyard

Cool weather prevails at Ballard with smaller diurnal changes. Fairly cool nights and higher elevations help maintain good acidity. The soil is primarily sedimentary; weathered sandstone/shale, loamy and friable in texture. Drainage is high, fertility low.

Appellation
Spring Mountain

Varietals Sourced
Cabernet Sauvignon

Elevation & Google Earth
600 to 2200 ft (184 to 675m)
38°30'20.05"N; 122°29'50.13"W

Crocker & Starr Vineyard

Crocker & Starr Vineyard

The climate is warm, due to greater protection from western hills. Mid-summer temperature peak is often in the 85-90°F range (30-35°C). Crocker & Starr grows the five Bordeaux varietals as well as sauvignon blanc. The vineyard is comprised of alluvial soils that gradually change as the terrain gently slopes down toward the Napa River. Years have been dedicated to sustainable farming to improve the complex and varied components of the soils, which enjoy excellent drainage that forces vines to draw deeply from the earth.

Appellation
St. Helena

Varietals Sourced
Cabernet Franc

Elevation & Google Earth
150 to 5 00 ft. (46 to 152 m)
38°30'4.76"N; 122°27'34.94"W

Star Vineyard

Established in 1978, this 26 acre plot features powerful, luscious Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Located in the heart of the legendary Rutherford AVA, on the west side of Highway 29, Star Vineyard vines get wonderful sun exposure. Climate is cool to moderate with typical mid-summer high temperatures reaching 85° (29°C) with 40 to 50 inches of rainfall (125 cm) annually. Soils are primarily sedimentary; weathered sandstone/shale, loamy and friable in texture.

Appellation
Rutherford

Varietals Sourced
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot

Elevation & Google Earth
155 to 160 ft. (47 to 49 m)
38°27'44.1"N; 122°24'57.6"W

Soil
Bale and Yolo

Young Inglewood Vineyard

Young Inglewood Vineyard

The bench-land to the west of St. Helena produces world class Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines made from Bordeaux varietals. Young Inglewood Vineyards is on the southern end of the bench and makes wine nestled up against the Mayacamas mountains. The climate is warm, due to greater protection from western hills, with less fog or wind incursions. Mid-summer temperature peak is often in the 85-90°F range (30-35°C). South and west borders are more sedimentary, gravel-clay soils, with lower fertility and moderate water retention.

Appellation
St. Helena

Varietals Sourced
Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Elevation & Google Earth
150 to 5 00 ft. (46 to 152 m)
38°30'15.74"N; 122°28'15.23"W

Stagecoach Vineyard

Stagecoach Vineyard

The climate is cool, mountain-influenced, with temperatures about 10 to 15°F cooler than the Valley floor in summer. Above the fog line, there is a low diurnal change, with summer temperatures rarely above 90°F (32.2°C). Soils are volcanic in origin, with basaltic red color, shallow with limited water retention, so irrigation is often essential.

Appellation
Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill Region

Varietals Sourced
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Elevation & Google Earth
760 to 2600 ft (231m to 792m)
38°26'20.00"N; 122°17'25.89"W

Shifflett Vineyard

Shifflett Vineyard

The climate is moderate, with definite cool marine influence and fog contributing to cool summer mornings and the marine breeze keeping afternoons more comfortable than further up the valley. Mid-summer peak temperatures may reach 90°F (32.2°C), with noticeable diurnal fluctuation to the mid-50°F rand (13°C). Soils are principally gravelly silt loams, sedimentary in origin, and gravelly alluvial soils with rock, moderately fertile.

Appellation
Yountville

Varietals Sourced
Merlot, Cabernet Franc

Elevation & Google Earth
20 to 200 ft (6 to 61m)
38°21'35.59"N; 122°20'56.18"W

Blackbird Vineyard

Blackbird Vineyard

The Oak Knoll District is one of the coolest regions in the valley and is home to gravelly, clay loam soils which create an ideal growing region for Merlot. Due to the region's cool nights, the vineyard retains good acidity and natural balance. The Haire-type soil holds moisture deep in the ground, allowing Blackbird to be virtually dry-farmed.

Appellation
Oak Knoll District

Varietals Sourced
Merlot

Tambor Vineyard

Tambor Vineyard

The climate is moderate to cool - marine air and fog can remain until mid-morning. Late afternoon breezes frequently occur, maintaining slightly cooler temperatures than upper valley. Mid-summer temperatures may reach 92° F (33.3°C) and drop to around 50°F (10°C) at night. The valley's largest alluvial fan formed by Dry Creek creates the defining feature of the district. The northwest area is composed of volcanically derived soils, with stony or gravelly consistency. South and east areas are transitional from gravel to silty clay loam.

Appellation
Oak Knoll District

Varietals Sourced
Merlot

Elevation & Google Earth
Sea level to 800 feet (244m)
38°21'40.44"N; 122°18'52.26"W

Hudson Vineyard

Hudson Vineyard

The climate is cool, with prevailing marine winds from the San Pablo Bay and through the Petaluma Gap to the west. High temperatures during summer rarely exceed 80°F (27°C) with less diurnal range variation. The soil is clay dominated, very shallow in general, with more loam and hillside alluvials in the northern section. Yields typically are restrained by the hard claypan subsoil, which prevents deep-rooting.

Appellation
Carneros

Varietals Sourced
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

Elevation & Google Earth
15 to 400 ft. (4.6 to124 m)
38°15'28.46"N; 122°21'29.00"W