Watson Ranch Vineyard, Napa Valley
The Watson Ranch vineyard is perched on a steep hillside overlooking the San Pablo Bay in the southernmost end of the Napa Valley. The vineyard can be seen on the top of the hill just east of the Green Island Vineyard which we sourced fruit from 2007-09. Exposed and austere, the Watson Ranch is a wind whipped site planted in 1993 by the talented grower Salvador Ramos on marine deposits over limestone. This soil type is extremely rare on the North Coast and lends itself perfectly to growing world class Chardonnay. This soil coupled with organic farming techniques and cool windy conditions give this parcel great potential to produce Chardonnay of singular character.
January 201596 The 2013 Chardonnay Watson Ranch is a real gem. Lemon peel, white flowers, mint, crushed rocks and apricot pits are some of the notes that open up in the glass. The flavors are bright, precise and lifted, but it is the wine's superb textural balance that truly elevates it. The 2013 is fabulous, but it needs time in bottle to come together.