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Inhabited by Western novelist Vingie Rose in the 1920s, this historic property in southeast Napa was once coined the “Lost Valley Ranch,” its location in a narrow piece of land nestled between canyons causing 20th century travelers to get lost, wandering in the valley.

The Lamb Family bought the property in the summer of 2008, and planted grapes (and olive trees) in 2009. With elevations of 500’ to over 700’, the land is perfectly suited to grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot to Sauvignon Blanc, vines that thrive in the Napa Valley climate. For over a decade, the Lambs have worked to build the vineyard and its surrounding land into the property you see today. The Cabernet grapes are sold to Caymus, an iconic Napa winery owned by the Wagner Family.

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Vineyard Manager: Piña Vineyard Management

Grape Varieties

Cabernet Sauvignon

This is the predominant varietal at Cordero Vineyards.  There are several clones including 07, 337, 169 and 04. These vines produce high quality grapes used in one of  the most popular, opulent wines in Napa.

Sauvignon Blanc

The Lamb Family has 3 acres planted with the Muscat clone of Sauvignon Blanc, one of the oldest domesticated grape varieties.  It is used in the top White Bordeaux (Sauternes) and great Loire Valley wines (Sancerre).

Chardonnay

Recently planted, there is a smaller vineyard of just 110 vines of Clone 04 Chardonnay near the lower portion of the vineyard to test these vines in the Wooden Valley microclimate.

Petit Verdot

Cordero Vineyards has a little over 1500 vines of PV in our hillside vineyard. This varietal has seen increasingly popularity in climates such as Wooden Valley.  Although the grape was historically known as a blending grape for fine Bordeaux wines, it can make intensely bold, fruity yet floral red wines on their own.

Cordero Vineyards has recently introduced beehives to the property, where they plan to extract fresh honey throughout each upcoming season. As an added bonus, the bees pollinate the crops as they gather nectar, in turn helping the vines to be more viable and efficiently return nutrients to the soil. 

 

In addition to these grape varieties, Cordero Vineyards also has over 100 Tuscan Cultivars, Leccino and Frantoio olive trees, that are harvested and pressed each November at the Il Fiorello milling facility in Fairfield to produce our own artisan Olive Oil.