Horseshoe Vineyard

Planted in 2004 with a total of 17.5 acres, Horseshoe Ranch is our most beautiful vineyard site. It is less than 1/2 mile from Alpine vineyard, but they are different in many ways. The ridge between the vineyards protects Horseshoe from some of the direct ocean influence but allows for similarly cool temperatures. More importantly, Horseshoe lies on a ridge of sedimentary shale called Monterey formation that has made its way to surface over the millenia. This lightweight, brittle rust-mottled shale is prevalent throughout the surface and soil providing for low vigor and outstanding drainage.

The wines produced at Horseshoe are uniquely minerally, precise and focused. They offer an almost palpable tension that greatly rewards aging.

1360' to 1610'
Top soils range from 6" to 20" with a base of sedimentary rock and volcanic ash
Monterey formation with intermingled limestone is 11-15 million years old (Miocene)
13 Pinot Noir clones, 3 Syrah clones; 4 Chardonnay clones
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