Oakville Estate Vineyard
The 3-acre TamberBey Estate Vineyard is located in the southeast corner of Napa Valley's famous Oakville Appellation. The vineyard is comprised of gravel/loam soils that are relatively shallow and well-suited to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The site enjoys early morning fog and late afternoon breezes that are influenced by San Francisco Bay to the south. The Estate Vineyard was planted in 2000 to Cabernet Sauvignon clones 337 and 4. The 9,800 vines are planted in a tight formation to encourage competition for nutrients. This “stressing of the vines” results in small clusters of intense fruit that are used to make the Tamber Bey Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deux Chevaux Vineyard
The Deux Chevaux Vineyard is a 60-acre parcel situated north-east of the town of Yountville, in the Yountville Appellation. The vineyard is bordered by two waterways; Conn Creek runs the length of the eastern border of the vineyard and the Napa River runs along the western corner. This vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Chardonnay and Malbec. This vineyard is influenced to a great degree by the San Francisco Bay and the early morning fog and late afternoon winds that it generates. Tamber Bey Vineyards currently produces eight wines from this vineyard.
Fore Family Vineyard
The 16-acre Fore Family Vineyard was planted in 2000 with Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The ground is comprised of the famous red volcanic soils that give the Red Hills Lake County Appellation its name. The vineyard has a gentle slope, with an eastern exposure, and reaches 3,000 feet at the top, which makes it one of the highest in the appellation.
The 13-acre LamBentz Vineyard, planted in 2003, is devoted to the cultivation of Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musqué. Located in Pope Valley, this site sees large temperature swings during the growing season. The cold nights preserve acidity, and the hot days allow for proper flavor development and uniform ripening. The soil is primarily comprised of loam and clay, resulting in both good drainage and the ability to retain water during the summer months. A number of fault lines have deposited a complex array of minerals in this area and contribute to the wine’s inherent minerality.
The 100-acre Radian Vineyard is one of three new Pinot Noir fields that Tamber Bey has sourced fruit from for its new Pinot Noir projects. The vineyard is named for one of two distinct ridgelines that define the property. It is located in the renowned Santa Rita Hills Appellation of Santa Barbara County, which is one of the premiere regions in California for growing this grape. Its southern exposure and proximity to the Pacific Ocean (8 miles from the coast) make it one of the coolest-climate vineyards in the appellation. Radian Vineyard sits at an elevation of 522 feet, with its highest point reaching 700 feet. Here, the grapes are exposed to erratic wind conditions, the influence of which is expressed in the tannin structure of the grapes. The rocky, well-draining soil composition is clay, loam, and diatomaceous earth, which provides a level of heat retention that is critical when growing Pinot Noir in high-altitude, windy areas. The first vintage of Tamber Bey Pinot Noir from this vineyard will the 2021 vintage.
Mes Filles Vineyard
The Mes Filles Vineyard is one of three new Pinot Noir fields that Tamber Bey has sourced fruit from for its new Pinot Noir projects. The 10-acre vineyard is located in the Sebastopol Hills area of the Sonoma Coast Appellation. The vines crown a 500-foot hill, which exposes them to wind and fog that stream in from the Petaluma Gap, a break in the coastal mountains that funnels in ocean air. This altitude, combined with steep slopes that provide excellent drainage and various sun exposures make the site ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The fine, sandy loam soil called Goldridge provides excellent drainage and an absence of challenging fertility. This terroir is ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The first vintage of Tamber Bey Pinot Noir from this vineyard will the 2021 vintage.
The UV Vineyard, named for Ulises Valdez Sr., a legendary vineyard manager who passed away in 2018, is one of three new Pinot Noir Fields that Tamber Bey has sourced fruit from for its new Pinot Noir projects. The vineyard was planted in 2002. The soil of this site is a unique mix of sand and dense clay, which traps moisture and allows the grapes to achieve ripeness without excessive water stress during the summer months. The vineyard is located near Sebastopol, in the Sonoma Coast Appellation.