Secret Rows Ranch is hidden beneath the towering ridges of the northeastern mountains of Napa Valley's Vaca Range on the eastern slopes of Howell Mountain surrounded by majestic views and ideal exposures. Our soils are comprised of an intricate tapestry of rocky shale with pockets of clay based gravel and loam that weave their way through the vineyard. Early morning to mid-day sunshine moderates temperatures ensuring slow even ripening throughout the growing season resulting in optimal balance of both fruit and vine.
From the steep slopes to the southeast and the broad expanses to the northeast, Secret Rows Ranch offers a wide range of distinct sub-zones demonstrating the complex nature and integrity of the terroir. Each individual block is then perfectly matched by our viticulture and winemaking team to specific clonal, varietal and rootstock selections maximizing the expression not only of the grape but the specific block as well.
Secret Rows Ranch is home to our Secret Clone™ Cabernet Sauvignon along with specific cultivars of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Sangiovese that we vinify both as varietal and blended selections.
Alice and David Alkosser purchased the property in the fall of 2013 with the expressed desire to rejuvenate the vineyard by aggressively undertaking a carefully designed re-planting program encompassing 30 of its 65 planted acres. The components of the program are intended to improve drainage, enhance row orientation and plant density, expand our clonal selection along with the further development of prime sites.
Winemaker Mitch Cosentino has worked with the vineyard since 1993 and is intimately familiar with each block, clone and soil type throughout the property. Needless to say, his experience and input is of great value throughout the planning stages and ultimately the realization of the project along with the hard work and dedication of Alice, David, Vitaculturist Tom Prentice and Vineyard Manager Mario Bazán.
The work is now well under way and to quote Mario, "The vines are looking very happy!"