View from Winston Hill
|View of Lewis Vineyard|
Located in the heart of Napa, Carneros near the shores of San Pablo Bay, Lewis Vineyards is 138 acres of gently rolling hills. The vineyard is named after Rich’s oldest grandson, Lewis. The predominant maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates the cool temperature, fog and wind that make Carneros ideally suited for the growing of world class Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes. Lewis Vineyard consists primarily of shallow dense clay loam soils and receives only 20 inches of rainfall annually.
Overall the maritime influence and the restricting soils result in extremely low yields, producing grapes with strong character and balanced acidity. The practice of cool climate viticulture and the planting of small cluster Dijon clones contribute to an intensity that is unmatched in the Chardonnay and Reserve Pinot Noir of Lewis Vineyards.
Adding to Frank Family’s vineyard diversity are 75 acres planted to the S&J Vineyard, located east of the Vaca Mountain range in Napa’s Capell Valley. The vineyard, purchased in 2000, is named for Darryl’s kids, Stella and Jeremy, and is planted to mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, along with small quantities of Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Meticulous soil and microclimate studies were executed before the development of this vineyard.
The soils are fertile, well-drained, clay loam-based, reminiscent of the Rutherford Bench. The cold nights balanced with warm days ensure the long, even ripening of Cabernet Sauvignon.