We source and select fruit from premium vineyards that give us the structure and characteristics we desire in a wine. We are blessed with access to some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley and each of these vineyards has a story.
Beatty Ranch Vineyard | Howell Mountain | Napa Valley
The 2014 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is predominately sourced from Beatty Ranch, one of the oldest and most historic vineyards on Howell Mountain. It is located at 1800 feet elevation with dense and dry-farmed head-trained vines. The vineyard enjoys long days of warm sunshine with cool nights to ensure acidity even at higher levels of ripeness. Wines made from this vineyard express cassis, current, red plum, blackberry, olive, tobacco, and with firm tannins typical of the Howell Mountain AVA. Our first impressions of Beatty Ranch came from Ridge Vineyards Howell Mountain Zinfandels from the 1980s and the wines of Randy Dunn from a nearby vineyard. We have always considered Howell Mountain wines legendry and feel truly blessed to offer a wine from this historic vineyard.
Broken Rock Vineyard | Napa Valley
The 2015 and 2016 Cabernet Sauvignons are predominately sourced from Broken Rock Vineyard at the base of Atlas Peak on the eastern ridge of the Napa Valley, a vineyard developed by the legendary William (Bill) Hill. Rising from the Silverado Trail to an elevation of 800 feet, Broken Rock exhibits the opulence found in vineyards on the valley floor combined with the structure expected from hillside vineyards. Western exposure provides afternoon sun with sufficient night time cooling. Broken Rock is a densely planted vineyard—2,000 vines planted per acre—with extremely low fertility soil. Wines made from this vineyard are incredibly concentrated with purple-black color and ripe, dark fruit aromatics. Our first taste of Cabernet Sauvignon from Broken Rock was a 2014 barrel sample. It was elegant and opulent with dark fruits and wonderful structure and was immediately pleasing with the complexity to evolve over time. It rewarded patience. Our immediate thought was we really hope that someday we can make a wine from this vineyard. That “someday” begins with the 2015 vintage.
Morgaen Lee Vineyard | Yountville | Napa Valley
Our Sauvignon Blancs are sourced from the beautiful Yountville AVA. Morgaen Lee Vineyard thrives in the cool, crisp mornings breaking into warm, sunny afternoons allowing the Sauvignon Blanc grapes to develop into satiny, crisp, and elegant wines. This vineyard produces classic Sauvignon Blanc wines with earthy flavors and mineral essence layered with tropical fruit, melon, and a hint of grapefruit on the nose. We are big fans of Sauvignon Blanc—old world and new world styles. Morgaen Lee produces balanced wines with a Napa Valley flair.
Our Future Plans
We are always searching for vineyards that have a special time and place as we look to expand Prothro Family Wines. We are excited with the potential access to two of the top 10 vineyards in Napa Valley. These vineyards will help us broaden our offerings with the introduction of a Cabernet Franc (Stagecoach) and a reserve proprietary blend, Heritage (Georges III).
Stagecoach Vineyard | Napa Valley
For 2017, we are planning to produce a Cabernet Franc from the highly-acclaimed Stagecoach Vineyard. Stagecoach climbs between 900 and 1700 feet up the southern face of Pritchard Hill to Atlas Peak. The Cabernet Franc is from one of the most sought after sections and is low-yielding, giving wonderful aromatics and rich fruit. Cabernet Franc from this site is structured with red fruit and elegance, soft berry, and minerality with light herbaceous notes. We fell in love with this varietal from Stagecoach when we tasted a 2015 barrel sample (sorry…not our wine) and have been thinking about recreating it ever since.
G3 Vineyard | Rutherford | Napa Valley
Starting with the 2016 vintage, we have sourced Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the historic G3 Vineyard. This is a classic Rutherford cabernet vineyard and one of the most prestigious in Napa Valley. Its rich history can be traced back to 1895 when it was planted by Mrs. Thomas Rutherford. The vineyard was purchased by Beaulieu Vineyards founder Georges de Latour in 1928 and was the home to BV’s Rutherford Cabernets made by the renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff. The vineyard has been owned by Andy Beckstoffer since 1988 and has been replanted using new Cabernet Sauvignon clones with tighter spacing. Wines produced from this vineyard exhibit elegant, rich, and full-bodied characteristics with black currant, cedar, cassis, black-licorice and cherry complimented by earthy flavors associated with Rutherford Dust. Some of the most acclaimed Cabernets produced in Napa Valley come from this vineyard and we will use the fruit from Georges III as the backbone for our planned reserve red wine, Heritage.