Vineyard X, Napa Valley
Vineyard X is another great property from grower Andy Beckstoffer. On the cooler end of Oakville, 2 miles south of To Kalon, Vineyard X is planted to cabernet in deep, well-drained soils. Although there are still some 30 year old vines, most of the vineyard was replanted in the late 90's to the same clones and rootstock found at To Kalon. The vineyard (formerly known as Vine Hill Vineyard) produces wines with dark cherry, cassis and excellent structure for aging. Tasting 2006 barrel samples, Vineyard X held its own with To Kalon. And with all the mania around To Kalon and Dr. Crane, we 'snuck' into Vineyard X in a big way in 2007. It's got the right material, location and Beckstoffer's farming to be the next big thing in Oakville and we're excited to be able to be in there.