The hill is named after homesteader Charles Pritchard who planted a crop of Zinfandel and Riesling on the land in the 1890s. Pritchard Hill is characterized by its unique soil and elevation. This region is composed of a red, volcanic soil made up of a boulder-strewn clay loam with a few solid rock outcroppings that have been dynamited to create a more uniform soil base.
This region is located at the very mouth of Foss Valley, overlooking Napa Valley, with a southerly view of the San Francisco Bay. There is typically a steady breeze coming up from the valley, providing more marine influence than the rest of the vineyards.
Ripe, bold, and extremely concentrated describes the fruit from this region, which is destined for ultra-premium wines. As a result, Arrow&Branch uses “Pritchard Hill” Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in our finest blends. The new Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted to our specifications in 2010. These grapes will be used in our upcoming 2012 and future vintages.
Vineyard at a Glance
- Grape Varieties Planted:
- Eisele Cabernet Sauvignon
Merlot Clone 181
- Age of Vines:
- Merlot – 14 years
Cabernet Sauvignon – 4 years
- Napa Valley
- Hambrecht and Guenoc-rock outcrop complex
- Warm climate with moderate mid-day temperatures due to marine influence
- Vineyard Site:
- Southwestern & West facing slopes
- Jennifer Williams