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Jericho Canyon Vineyard

Jericho Canyon Vineyard In the 1980s, we moved from the Bay Area to Calistoga after we purchased a small ranch in Jericho Canyon at the base of Mt. St. Helena. It took less than a minute to know that this ranch was what we had been looking for the previous three years: it had a creek filled with tadpoles and water skeeters, a 100 year old farm house, a pond shaded by gorgeous oak trees, a stupendous view of the Palisades and Mt. St. Helena, and meadows dotted with wild flowers. We knew without a doubt that this was the place to raise our children. Originally given in a land grant to a veteran of the Civil War as payment for his services, the ranch is situated along the road to the old Silverado Mine, a spot made famous by Robert Lewis Stevenson in his book Silverado Squatters. The property had been used as a cattle ranch since the 1930s, but it showed evidence of a pre-Prohibition vineyard alongside of Jericho Creek. We replanted the old vineyard and extended it up the canyon, terracing extensively due to the steepness of the terrain. With the terraces following the contours of the land, it is reminiscent of an old world style vineyard. We planted Cabernet Sauvignon in 1990 and Merlot and Cabernet Franc in 1993. In the early years, we sold our fruit to a variety of wineries including Chateau Montelena, Sterling Vineyards, and Clos du Val. It was not until 1998, however, that we were finally confident that we were producing the highest quality fruit. This was also the year we were fortunate to join forces with noted winemaker David Ramey, who at the time was working for Rudd Estate. He began producing a vineyard designate wine which was very well received by the critics (Robert Parker : Rudd Jericho Canyon Vineyard 1998 – 95, 1999 – 92, 2000 – (90-92).

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3320 Old Toll Road, Calistoga, CA, US, 94515 Email: jericho@napanet.net
Phone: 707-942-9665 Web: www.jerichocanyonvineyard.com
Fax: 707-942-5253
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  Jericho Canyon Vineyard
Jericho Canyon Vineyard 2002 is a lush blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Its aromas of blackberries, creme de cassis, espresso, and bitter chocolate delight the senses. Exquisitely balanced, it fills the mouth with rich, supple flavors.
  Jericho Canyon Vineyard
Jericho Canyon Vineyard 2003 is a lush blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Its aromas of blackberries, creme de cassis, espresso, and bitter chocolate delight the senses. Exquisitely balanced, it fills the mouth with rich, supple flavors.

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