Inhabited by Western novelist Vingie Rose in the 1920's and 1930's, this historic property was dubbed the “Lost Valley Ranch” given its location along Wooden Valley Road, a narrow road nestled between two canyons in the southeast Napa Valley. In the early 20th century, the dangerous road caused travelers to find themselves lost wandering in the valley, giving it the name we know today.
The Lamb Family bought the property in 2008 and planted its first vines in 2009, with several blocks added since then from elevations of over 500’ to over 700’. Over the course of the past decade, the Lambs have developed a great appreciation for Napa Valley and their experience within the grape growing industry has allowed them to produce this variety of grapes perfectly suited to their region that we see today.
Vineyard Manager: Piña Vineyard Management
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.
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).
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.
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.