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This is a soft, well-crafted wine from the eastern side of St. Helena that's both classic in its dried herb, tobacco and tea aromas and fruity with red currant and cranberry notes.
|Vineyard:||Spring Mountain||Stag's Leap||Rutherford||St. Helena|
|Vine Age:||19 years old||16 years old||16 years old||29 years old|
|Clones:||337 on 110R rootstock||337 on 1103 P rootstock||8 on 110R rootstock||Bella Oaks on St. George rootstock|
|Training:||Cordon trained and spur pruned to a vertical shoot positioned trellis||Cordon trained and spur pruned to a lyre trellis||Cordon trained and spur pruned to V-trellis with cross arms at 12" & 20"||Cane pruned to a two wire vertical trellis|
|Soil Notes:||Volcanic in origin and found in the mountain regions of Napa Valley. It is a moderately deep, well-drained, loam to a clay loam that displays a bright red-brown color throughout its profile.||An alluvial soil found on fans and terraces along the Napa River and valley floor. It is a deep, somewhat poorly drained, loam to a gravelly, sandy, loam with several gray-brown to brown colored horizons.||A residual soil formed from weathered sandstone and found on the side slopes of Napa Valley. It is a moderately deep, well-drained, silt loam with light brown to dark brown colors throughout.||A relatively young alluvial soil found on fans and old flood plains of the Napa River and tributaries. It is a deep, excessively drained, stratified, gravelly sandy loam to a very gravelly, loamy, sandy soil with light gray brown to olive brown colors.|
He founded his consulting company, Vineyard Investigations, in 1988 to address vineyard soil and vine nutrition related issues. After several years consulting on soil related vineyard problems with numerous north coast vineyards he sensed the need for new and improved technologies for data collection, analysis, and interpretation. In 1994 he founded Terra Spase, Inc. one of the first companies dedicated to bringing new information technologies to vineyard management.
Terra Spase became one of the first private weather network managers in the North Coast operating Adcon weather networks in both Napa and Sonoma counties. Terra Spase also participated in the 1997 NASA sponsored CRUSH project to test and commercialize remote sensing technology for wine grape applications. Terra Spase continues to bring daily disease and weather forecasts to North Coast growers via its web site and offers NDVI imagery to client vineyards during the growing season.
In 2003, Paul and Terra Spase partnered with John Deere to launch a new technology for collecting soil data now known commercially as SISTM or the Soil Information System. Using this technology based on state of the art sensors, GPS and GIS software, Terra Spase and its partners have mapped thousands of existing and potential vineyard acres on the West Coast. Also in 2001, Paul launched his Sequum brand and released his first vintage of Napa Valley Zinfandel from his two acre Kidd Ranch vineyard in St. Helena. In 2002, he added a Cabernet Sauvignon from four specially selected Napa vineyard soils and named it Four Soil Melange.
In 2003, the first release of the Sequum, Dry Creek Zinfandel called Riverwash, was announced. In 2006, limited release bottlings of Kidd Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon and Kidd Ranch Syrah completed the Sequum portfolio of handcrafted, small production, wines that are the ultimate expressions of their terroir.
Paul continues to consult for vineyards across the USA and abroad.
Harvest Notes: 2013 has been called “classic” and “perfect” in summary. Ideal bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and near perfect summer temperatures allowed for some of the best fruit we’ve harvested. This vintage shows lush young fruit with the structure to age for many years. We harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the four vineyards at an average of 27° Brix. Each lot was fermented individually, then blended and aged in 50% new French oak for 18 months prior to bottling.