Vineyards

“Our initial visit to the property immediately created a strong sense of amazement and spirituality. It was love at first sight. The vines that now make up our vineyard have taken on an almost human like quality. They are in fact our children…”  - Gail Policy

After looking at more than 15 Napa Valley properties, Carmen and Gail Policy finally found what they were searching for in a beautiful valley floor site surrounded by stunning views of the Mayacamas and Vaca mountains. Located in the heart of Yountville's Cabernet country, this gem-sized, 14-acre property offers three dramatic soil variations ranging from gravelly loam to a heavier sandy loam, with a unique, beneficial microclimate influenced by an adjacent knoll.

Under the guidance of renowned vineyard manager Jim Barbour, Casa Piena has been planted to four elite clones of Cabernet Sauvignon. The four clones - 7, 337, 341 and 6 - were carefully selected and grown in individual blocks in order to offer winemaker Thomas Brown a lush and complex palette of fruit from which to craft Casa Piena. In keeping with the vineyard's unique soil composition, Jim installed a state-of-the-art drainage system and selected 101-14 rootstock for its ability to thrive in a variety of soil environments.

To ensure ideal growing conditions, the 10-planted acres of vines are grown on a vertical trellis in a narrow corridor of about 4 inches. Using six wires, the canes are tucked in to allow optimal sun exposure on the buds. To promote competition, the plants are grown using 4 by 6 foot spacing. In addition, meticulous pruning methods are applied with the goal of producing perfectly balanced vines with two shoots per spur and two clusters per shoot.

Jim Barbour and wine maker Thomas Brown share an obsession to produce a wine of structure, depth and purity.  These two consummate professionals work very closely together from bloom to harvest in order to achieve the full and lush potential from Casa Piena’s vines.



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