The St. Helena estate vineyards are comprised of 3 main vineyards, Gretch, McCarthy and Wheeler Farms, which are located just north of the winery and were purchased back in 1985 by the Raymond family. These vineyards are located on gravelly alluvial fan soil with excellent drainage, an essential component in high quality fruit development. The vineyards are planted with a vertical shoot positioning trellis system and vines are spaced eight feet apart with eight feet between rows. The vines are also less vigorous in the area of the Napa Valley, producing smaller berries and lower yields, for more concentrated, intense wines with good
tannin structure. This wine is produced to showcase the terroir and distinct flavor characteristics of these vineyards.