Decisions regarding what to plant where have resulted from rigorous analysis on the property to determine the unique characteristics of every block in each Bench.
Having similar Degree Days to Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot were planted on Arise Bench, with a small amount of Syrah planted in its warmest location. Cabernet Franc was also placed in the areas containing soil with high calcium content, while the Merlot was planted in areas nearest to the mountain shadow to protect the variety’s delicate aromas.
Showcasing Degree Days similar to Dijon, Burgundy, three cool-climate varietals were chosen for Margaret’s Bench. Riesling, Chardonnay, and Grüner Veltliner were selected for their ability to thrive in cool areas, while soil variations further determined the placement of each clone and rootstock combination on the Bench. Grüner Veltliner was therefore chosen for the schist-like soil areas, whereas Riesling was planted on stonier soils.
Analysis on Stan’s Bench resulted in Chardonnay and Riesling being positioned on the cooler, higher elevation part of the bench, whereas late ripening varietals of Petit Verdot and Malbec were planted in the lower areas featuring the highest Degree Days of anywhere on the Culmina property.