In 1841, the Carne Humana rancho was deeded to English ship surgeon Edward Bale. The 17,962-acre Napa Valley rancho stretched from Rutherford in the south to Calistoga in the north. The climate in this part of the valley is warmer than in the south: ideal for red grape varieties known for richness, concentration and backbone. Napa Valley has long been known for its optimum climate for growing Sauvignon Blanc, while its cooler outlying areas have created world-class Chardonnay and Semillon.
The climate of Napa Valley’s upper reaches allows for Reds with richness, concentration and backbone, and Whites with lush tropical flavors and bright acidity.