Schlatter Family Estate
Merryvale’s Schlatter Family Estate vineyard just east of St. Helena was planted in 1997. Set on the ridge separating Conn Valley and Spring Valley, the 25-acre property is planted to 21.6 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.4 acres of Petit Verdot, and 1.3 acres of Cabernet Franc.
The vineyard sits at an elevation of about 900 feet above sea level and offers panoramic views of the surrounding Conn Valley, Lake Hennessey, Pritchard Hill, and Howell Mountain areas. The soil type is predominantly the Forward-Kidd complex with higher sandstone and volcanic rock content in certain areas. The terrain offers steep slopes in the 20-50% range with exposures that cover all points on the compass. To complement the complex terrain, the vineyard has been divided into small blocks and sub-blocks based upon geology and topography.
Various clonal selections of Cabernet Sauvignon are planted throughout the estate including 337 and the See Clone. The Petit Verdot comes from a proprietary field selection and the Cabernet Franc is comprised of Clones 327 and 332. Rootstocks include 110R, 1103P, Riparia Gloire, and 3309. The vines are planted to a density of 2,200 vines per acre and are trained with a vertical trellis system utilizing cross-arms expanding the canopy area to protect the fruit from overexposure.
Under the direction of Merryvale Viticulturist Michael Costley, the property is farmed to the highest standards of sustainability and quality. Permanent cover crops, reduced herbicide use, integrated pest management and the use of softer chemistry materials for disease control are all key elements of our vineyard management program. The vineyard became Fish Friendly Farming and Napa Green Land certified in 2008.
The property’s 200 Arbequina and Farga olive trees are harvested each November to produce Merryvale’s Estate extra virgin olive oil.
Merryvale’s Stanly Ranch Estate vineyard was planted in 2001 on a portion of the historic property originally owned by Judge Stanly, one of California’s great wine pioneers in the late 1800s. It is located at the far eastern edge of the Carneros AVA. In the 1950s, Louis Martini, the Wente family, and UC Davis conducted groundbreaking clonal trials for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at this site.
The 49 total acres are comprised of 35.4 acres of Chardonnay, 9.4 acres of Pinot Noir, 3.5 acres of Syrah, and one third of an acre of Viognier. The vineyard surrounds the Starmont Winery at the end of Stanly Lane. The close proximity to the San Pablo portion of the San Francisco Bay results in moderately cool temperatures during the growing season and consistent southwest breezes.
The property is farmed to the highest standards with an emphasis on sustainability and quality. Permanent cover crops, reduced herbicide use, integrated pest management, restricted water applications and habitat preservation and restoration are all part of the ongoing farming efforts. The vineyard became Fish Friendly Farming and Napa Green Land certified in 2007.