Sometimes the best ideas are a little crazy.
I confess. I'm insane. But its a good kind of insanity. At least I like to think so. I love to create and push boundaries. Do things that haven't been done before. Like Rhône varietals. In Napa Valley - the heart of Cab country. In the middle of an oak forest. At elevation. All on one estate. But that was my vision behind Loomis Estate Vineyards as I walked the raw land back in 2000. Then for many years I exercised patience (not my strong suit), added guts and hope. We were going to produce great wine or great salad dressing. I honesly didn't know which at first. But guess what? Wine prevailed.
We treated four carefully selected acres like children. Nurturing their success and picking them up in the early years. We maximized exposure, elevation, microclimates, varietal-specific soil conditions and terroir to plant these blocks on my hidden 60 acre Napa ranch. As time passed, the blocks of Rhône varietals came to life on steeply sloped hillsides overlooking green valleys, forests of native oaks, a herd of Black Angus cows, horses, 3 sheep named Morimoto, Ramsey and Keller, chickens and the pre-requisite pair of black swan named F Scott & Zelda (RIP 2014 - don't ask). Loomis Estate Vineyards was born.