Henri & Claire Vandendriessche
Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Malbec
In 1977, White Rock Vineyards was revived by Henri and Claire Vandendriessche where a vineyard and winery had been established in 1870 by Dr. J Pettingill. Today the wines are made in an underground cave, dug in 1988 from the same white volcanic rock that characterizes the vineyards. In its protected position in the Napa foothills, the 36-acre vineyard enjoys a micro-climate cooler than the valley floor. From the beginning the plants were watered and fertilized sparingly, and have never been treated with pesticides.
White Rock vineyards has sought to improve on the quality of the grapes by replanting vines closer together, by vertical trellising and by the judicious choice of rootstocks and clones tailored to each spot. This means that the clusters now hang free and uncrowded, are much less susceptible to molds and diseases, and produce wines with more fruit and softer tannins. This combination of soils, growing conditions and integrated vineyard practices results in loose bunches of tiny grape berries whose flavors are concentrated, yielding wines of great intensity of fruit and color and smooth rich tannins. They are awaiting their Organic Certification