"Steve Ledson’s unrelenting quest for perfection is very prominent at Mountain Terraces Vineyard and is proven in every bottle of wine."
– Dr. Daniel Roberts, Soil Scientist and Viticulture Expert
Elevated Vineyards, Transcendent Wines
Mountain Terraces Vineyard, with its rocky and iron-rich volcanic soil, is mainly planted to low-yielding Cabernet Sauvignon vines with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec, Syrah, Grenache and Viognier. There are two different root stocks and five different clones planted in the vineyard for Cabernet Sauvignon, creating different layers of aromas, flavor and texture in the wine. The Cabernet Franc is planted on one root stock and two clones. The other varietals are single clone varietals planted on three different root stocks.
Simply put, “everything about this vineyard is phenomenal.” Steve Ledson made this statement when he fell in love with the property in the tiny Moon Mountain AVA, soaring to 2,000 feet on the western slopes of the Mayacamas. The site’s extreme elevation and southwesterly aspect create long, sun drenched days, and cool nights, perfect for optimal ripeness and structure. Diverse volcanic soils produce wines ranging from elegant to intensely brooding and combined, and create blends layered with rich complexity.
There’s a certain quiet one finds up there, a quiet lost to time. And when spending even a moment in this slice of history, the only conclusion one comes to truly is, “everything about this vineyard is phenomenal.”