Marston Family Vineyard was first planted in the late 1890’s on the southern slopes of Spring Mountain, just west of St. Helena. The vineyard is part of the appellation known as the Spring Mountain District. The vineyards comprise about 10 percent of the 500 acres of heavily forested land.
|Michael Marston has donated 240 acres of Marston Family
Vineyard ranch to Forever Wild Conservation easement.
During the growing season, the terraced hillsides, which range in elevation from 700 to 1,100 feet, benefit from cool afternoon breezes and daytime temperatures that are as much as ten degrees cooler than the lower elevations of the Napa Valley.
The vineyard is situated above the fog line, resulting in extended hours of sunlight. The additional sunshine coupled with the lower temperatures allow the fruit to ripen more slowly and uniformly, which ultimately enhances the wine’s concentration, complexity and texture. Furthermore, the rocky, mountain soils limit the vigor of the vines. As a consequence the clusters and the individual berries are smaller, which dramatically reduces overall yields. These diminished crop levels intensify the character of the wine. There is an old belief attributed to the French that grape vines are like people in that they need to suffer a little in order to develop character.
The 2012 harvest season kicked off with our Albion picked on Tuesday, September 11th!
|Our much anticipated third release of our Companion White Wine is finally here! Our 2011 Marston Family Vineyard Albion is available winery direct with only 125 cases made.||We knew our mountain Cabernet cellared beautifully, however James Laube of The Wine Spectator wrote that our 2007 Cabernet is "Best from 2012 through 3022"(!)... 1000 years of aging potential- appreciate the enthusiasm!|
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