Among The Vines : Hershey Vineyard
January 14th, 2020
Nestled into the broody and iconic Howell Mountain at 1,800 feet above sea level sits Hershey Vineyard; our most significant vineyard that makes up the backbone of VASO wines. When you come to a tasting at the Estate, you may see pulled soil samples to showcase the wildly diverse soil found in the Hershey Vineyard. It’s this varied soil composition that lends to the distinct flavor profiles found in VASO wines. Corestone volcanic and rhyolitic bedrock composition in the soil tell of a more wild time on Earth, when Howell Mountain was truly wild. That little piece of terroir stays with us as we cultivate an expression of this soil history using Bordeaux-style grapes grown on this property.
Walk the rows and you’ll see the classic varietals deeply rooted here; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Sauvignon Blanc thrive here in our nod to Old World varietals that thrive in their New World landscape. This blend of fruit from Hershey Vineyard gives us creative freedom and a vibrant complexity to the VASO blend that goes beyond pure Cabernet Sauvignon.
True to its wildness, we don’t try to harness the vineyards themselves as a whole. With a wide range of variables across the Hershey Vineyard, these naturally rambunctious conditions dictate the decisions we make in the growing process. From block to block, things like sun exposure and even elevation changes influence the fruit in their own ways. So our vineyard team cultivates Hershey vine by vine; it’s an effort we believe shows in the glass of VASO you’re hopefully enjoying right now.
As one of our coolest vineyard sources, the fruit from Hershey lends itself to fresh and lively expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sunny days reign supreme at this property that lends the perfect California ripeness to the fruit, while cool nights and foggy mornings maintaining high acid and tightly wound tannins to a perfect balance. Our clone of Sauvignon Blanc is a vivacious white wine designed to age and showcase its terroir for several years. Hershey Vineyard is the exclusive source of our small production run of Sauvignon Blanc each vintage.
Expressive and vibrant, Hershey Vineyard sets the foundation for VASO as we know it today, and continues to deliver exceptional quality as it helps us capture the true essence of Napa Valley’s distinct and unique terroir.