Our Vineyard

Drive eight miles up Soda Canyon and you ascend to over 1,800 feet above the valley floor. From the craggy terrain of Pritchard Hill, you can gaze onto the expanse of Oakville’s world-famous wine estates far below. This might be called the last frontier of the Napa Valley – a wilder, more rugged country, fragrant with wild herbs and dotted with rare native plants.

List of Vineyard Clones
Varietal Clone
  Cabernet Franc 17
  Cabernet Franc 214
  Cabernet Franc 312
  Cabernet Franc 327
  Cabernet Franc 332
  Cabernet Franc 628
  Cabernet Franc Sanders
  Cabernet Sauvignon 2
  Cabernet Sauvignon 4
  Cabernet Sauvignon 7
  Cabernet Sauvignon 8
  Cabernet Sauvignon 15
  Cabernet Sauvignon 169
  Cabernet Sauvignon 191
  Cabernet Sauvignon 337
  Cabernet Sauvignon 341
  Cabernet Sauvignon 412
  Cabernet Sauvignon 685
  Cabernet Sauvignon 5197
  Cabernet Sauvignon 29 (Niebaum-Coppola)
  Cabernet Sauvignon 30 (See) + rootstock
  Cabernet Sauvignon 31 (Mondavi – To Kalon) + root stocks
  Cabernet Sauvignon 685/31
  Cabernet Sauvignon See
  Cabernet Sauvignon Weimer
  Chardonnay 15
  Chardonnay 17
  Chardonnay Wente
  Grenache Alban
  Malbec 8
  Malbec 9
  Malbec 19
  Malbec 595
  Malbec 596
  Malbec 598
  Marsanne 575
  Marsanne Tablas Creek
  Merlot 3
  Merlot 6
  Merlot 181
  Merlot 314
  Merlot 343
  Merlot 347
  Petite Sirah 4
  Petit Verdot 2
  Petit Verdot 400
  Petit Verdot 1058
  Roussanne 468
  Sangiovese PEPI
  Sauvignon Blanc 1
  Sauvignon Blanc 6
  Sauvignon Blanc 18
  Sauvignon Blanc 28
  Sauvignon Blanc 30
  Syrah 7
  Syrah 174
  Syrah 383
  Syrah 470
  Syrah 525
  Syrah 877
  Syrah Alban
  Syrah TC-A (99)
  Tempranillo Pasquera
  Tempranillo RD
  Viognier 1
  Viognier 642
  Viognier Pride
  Zinfandel Aldo/Crane

It is here that our founders excavated over a billion pounds of basalt, andesite, and tufa boulders to create a remarkable property – Stagecoach Vineyard. Over the past two decades, over 600 acres of vines have been planted in 204 unique blocks.

We divide Stagecoach into four sections because of their distinct terroir: Pritchard Hill, Heart of the Vineyard, Bordeaux Region, and Atlas Peak Region.

Pritchard Hill

Napa County Soil Series
Mostly Hambright complex with small amount of Guenoc-Rock outcrop complex

Soil Characteristics
Soils in this region are characterized by red, volcanic soils made up of a boulder-strewn clay loam with a few solid rock outcroppings that have been dynamited to create a more uniform soil base.

Due to this section’s southwestern slopes and location, this is a warm area (great for Cabernet Sauvignon), but with more moderate mid-day temperatures (due to the marine influence) compared with the eastern part of the vineyard.

What makes this spot completely unique is its position at the very mouth of Foss Valley, overlooking Napa Valley, with a southerly view of the San Francisco Bay. There is usually a steady breeze coming up from the valley, providing more marine influence than the rest of the vineyard – the fog usually arrives here first.

Resulting Fruit
All of these factors contribute to the unique terroir of Pritchard Hill, positioning these blocks for ultimate ripening weather. Ripe, bold, and extremely concentrated describes the fruit from this region, which is destined for ultra-premium wines.

Heart of the Vineyard

Napa County Soil Series
Hambright with some Guenoc

Soil Characteristics
The soils found in these blocks are characterized by volcanic red/yellow clay loam mixed with variably sized boulders and fractured, decomposing rock.

This warm area with gentle south-to-steep-south-facing exposures is one of the best and most typical Cabernet Sauvignon areas of Stagecoach Vineyard. The slight south-facing slope, rocky but uniform soils, and the location nestled between two ridges all contribute to the ideal setting of this region.

Although the ridges protect the area from some of the valley breezes, the area is close enough to the mouth of the Napa Valley and Rector Canyon to give it a good marine influence. Most of these blocks are naturally buffered from extreme conditions such as winds and very high or low temperatures. One exception to this is the top of the T blocks (T1-3). These have a very different light brown soil and are perched on a ridge that is almost always above the fog and is completely exposed to both wind and sun.

Resulting Fruit
Overall, the Heart of Stagecoach offers a protected site allowing the blocks to grow stronger canopies and develop tannin structures that are perfectly married with rich fruit. Not surprisingly, many stand-alone wines as well as core pieces of blends derive from this area.

Bordeaux Region

Napa County Soil Series
Guenoc-Rock outcrop complex

Soil Characteristics
This area, which predominantly covers the southeast part of the vineyard, is characterized by deep red/yellow/pink clay loam with less rock than other areas on the vineyard. It was originally planted in 1870 by German settlers due to its somewhat less rocky soil.

The crew refers to many of these blocks as “Las Olas,” or "The Waves,” to describe the undulating landscape. The rolling, south-facing hills give warmer exposures to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah, while Malbec and Merlot thrive on the northern facing hills.

This area’s name and climate reflects its similarities to the Bordeaux region of France. Overall, the temperatures are cooler in this part of the vineyard than in the other regions. The proximity to Rector Canyon pulls in cool marine air in from Napa Valley on foggy nights and collects cool air draining out of Foss Valley on clear nights.

Resulting Fruit
These exposures and temperatures contribute to the delicate acid and sugar accumulation of these grapes, resulting in complex, elegant wines.

Atlas Peak Region

Napa County Soil Series
Hambright and Guenoc

Soil Characteristics
This region is dominated by the typical red volcanic soils of Stagecoach, but what makes the area unique is its enormous quantities of flat rock, which provide exceptional drainage to the hillside blocks.

The eastern proximity gives this section of the vineyard a different spectrum of light than the intense south-western sun.

This area has a more typically inland climate than the other two warm-climate areas of Stagecoach, mimicking the rest of the south-facing Foss Valley a bit more closely. The Atlas Peak Region has significantly less marine influence than the rest of the vineyard and has more shelter from the valley breezes, warming the region early in the morning and retaining the heat throughout the day. In fact, according to our onsite weather stations, this is the warmest growing region of Stagecoach Vineyard.

Resulting Fruit
This south-facing, warm area produces consistently high-quality fruit. Slower ripening is typical here than in the Prichard Hill Region, resulting in softer tannins and blue fruit notes.