The grapes that go into every bottle of Identity Wine Co. wines are meticulously and lovingly grown by dedicated family growers all throughout Northern California. It is very important to me to meet the growers in person and walk the vineyards with them in order to build fruitful relationships as well as make a tangible connection with the land. I look for and consider many things when I decide to source from a vineyard, but ultimately it just has to feel right. These unique and special vineyards below are where each bottle of Identity Wine Co's story begins...
Truchard Estate Vineyard
Carneros - Napa Valley
The first parcel of what would go on to become the 150+ acre Truchard Estate in Napa's Carneros AVA was purchased by Tony and JoAn Truchard in the early 1970's. This vineyard site will forever be special to me as it was where I began my journey as a winemaker in 2018. The Truchard family took me in as their own, treated me with genuine kindness and bestowed upon me a wealth of harvest experience and knowledge. It was from this very vineyard block overlooking their estate reservoir lake that I sourced the Merlot that became my 2018 "First Pick" Merlot.
Wines made from Truchard Estate fruit:
2018 "First Pick" Merlot
2018 "The Squire" Tempranillo
2020 "El Caballero Tempranillo
Vine View Ranch Vineyard
Yorkville Highlands - Mendocino County
Vine View Ranch sits high above the fog line at 1,500 feet elevation in the Yorkville Highlands AVA of Mendocino County. The vineyard is owned by Hans and Courtney Lee and is planted to Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon. This vineyard boasts one of the most breathtaking views I've ever experienced and I absolutely love walking through this vineyard as it features some complex soil and terroir to stop and analyze, like fine compacted clay as well as chunks of volcanic granite. I am drawn to the small compact clusters of berries of this Cabernet sauvignon that produces concentrated and dark red wine with bold tannin structure each year.
Wine made from Vine View Ranch Vineyard fruit:
2020 "El Magnate" Cabernet Sauvignon
"First Pick" Vineyard
Oak Knoll District - Napa Valley
This vineyard is just under half an acre and is planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon. The private residence is located in Napa's Oak Knoll District. I was lucky enough to be allowed to pick from this vineyard during my first official harvest of the 2018 vintage. Every year since, my family flies in to help me and my friends hand pick this vineyard in the early morning hours of late October.
Wine made from "First Pick Vineyard" fruit:
2018 "First Pick" Cabernet Sauvignon
2019 "First Pick" Cabernet Sauvignon
Scribner Bend Vineyard
Clarksburg, Yolo County
The Scribner family has been in California for 5 generations, beginning with George Washington Scribner in 1893. The ranch runs along the Sacramento Delta where the family has farmed for over 100 years. In 1893, George Washington Scribner, lured into farming by the rich, deep soils of the Sacramento River Delta, settled along what is now called Scribner Bend. The river bend became a vital shipping point, picking up produce, mail and passengers by steam boat. It is those rich deep soils, the cooling effect of the Sacramento River Delta and the rich family history that lured me to source my first two vintages of Viognier from this established family vineyard.
Wines made from Scribner Bend Vineyard fruit:
2019 "The Outsider" Viognier
2020 "The Outsider" Viognier
Collina De Bella Vineyard
Winters, Yolo County
COLLINA DE BELLA, or "beautiful hill", is draped with vintage Syrah and Tannat grapevines. It overlooks Pleasants Valley and the Vaca Mountains to the West and the Central Valley and Sierra Mountains to the East. A few lucky horses reside in the stables at the foot of the hill and romp in the adjacent meadow. This vineyard is the re-awakening of the England-Shaw family vineyard, which was originally planted in the late 1880s. It entered under new ownership when Marie Burns and her Husband Ned Pugh purchased it in 2020. The hill is draped with 12 acres of Syrah, including rootstock planted in the 1980s from the Lillie Langtree vineyard, and 5 acres of Tannat planted in 2001. The fruit from this vineyard has borne the highly regarded wines of Rosenblum, Orin Swift and Turkovich in years passed. In early 2021, I met with Marie and walked the vineyards with her and her dog. I knew I had to source from this vineyard in order to add my footsteps on such a historic vineyard.
Wines made from Collina De Bella fruit:
2021 "Je Ne Sais Quoi" Blanc De Tannat Petilant Naturel
2021 "T.S.M" Petillant Naturel
2021 "V1 Rotate" Syrah
Green Valley Vineyard
Green Valley - Suisun, Solano County
This vineyard is an absolute gem! Featuring some unique and rare varietals. It is planted to 9 acres of French Colombard, 8 acres of Chenin Blanc, 4 acres of Valdiguie and 4 acres of Zinfandel. Suisun valley is immediately just east of the Vaca Mountain Range that separates Solano County from Napa County. This region enjoys much of the same climate and similar terroir as Napa Valley and most importantly, the fruit sourced here is of very high quality, yet available at a fraction of the price of Napa fruit. Making it a no brainer for bargain hunting winemakers like myself.
Wines made with Green Valley Vineyard fruit:
2020 "Flamboyance" Valdiguie Petillant Naturel
2021 "Flamboyance" Valdiguie Petillant Naturel
Granite Bay, Placer County
This beautiful private estate vineyard is owned by Fred McIntosh. It is planted exclusively to Cabernet Franc and boasts well draining clay and decomposed granite soils. Fred lives on the property in a beautiful modern farmhouse that he recently renovated. The Cabernet Franc that I get from this vineyard each year never ceases to amaze me, bright notes of green pepper and baking spice with dark cherry and great acidity and minerality.
Wines made with McIntosh Vineyard fruit:
2020 "Identity Crisis" Red blend
2020 "Cheval Rebel" Cabernet Franc - coming soon