About the R.W. Moore Vineyard
AVA: Coombsville, Napa
Irrigation: Dry Farmed
Field Blend (approx.): Zinfandel 95%, Petite Sirah 1%,
Carignane 1%, Mourvedre 1%, Mourtaou 2%
The R.W. Moore Vineyard is located in the southeastern end of the Napa Valley, in the region's newest sub-appellation, the Coombsville American Viticultural Area (AVA). This historic property is a reflection of farming practices in the Napa Valley at the turn of the 20th century. Back then, it was quite common to see vineyards planted with vines that were "head trained," meaning short and free-standing, without the support of a trellis. Irrigation was not an easy option, so the vines often went without additional water - what we call "dry farming." It was also common for growers to plant a mix of grape varieties in one single vineyard. They would pick the vineyard as a whole and the resulting wine would be a blend. This is in contrast to modern methods of blending wines after fermentation. In the case of the R.W. Moore Vineyard, the majority of the vineyard is planted to Zinfandel (also a reflection of early 20th century trends!) with small amounts of Petite Sirah, Carignane, Mourvedre and Mourtaou.
We are honored to be stewards of this unique property, and strive to make fresh and exciting wines that reflect this special vineyard and its historical features.