Candlestick Ridge Estate Vineyard, Howell Mountain
APPELLATION: Howell Mountain
ACRES: 80 (22 planted)
VARIETALS: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Grenache
Situated on the north end of the Howell Mountain summit cap at 2,250’ of elevation, this 26-acre vineyard, first planted in 1950, rests on a plateau overlooking the southeast face of Mount St Helena and the whole of Pope Valley. Replanted by Duckhorn Winery in 1998 to primarily Bordeaux varieties on varying rootstocks, the Candlestick Vineyard produces wines that are dense, dark and explosive with flavor. The pure white volcanic ash and Tufa soils are poor and well drained leading to low yields and intensely flavored berries.
We acquired this vineyard in early 2015, and it will have a profound and lasting effect on our Howell Mountain wine program. As with our Winery Estate Vineyard, we will gradually convert this vineyard to a cane-pruned site in order to exert more control over the farming on a vine by vine basis. The Candlestick Ridge Vineyard is not only one of the greatest vineyard sites on Howell Mountain, it is truly singular in the world.