When Honoré Escolle purchased a summer property for his family in 1878, he established one of the most desirable benches in Monterey County. Over 130 years later, three agricultural families developed the land with the intention of carrying on the propertie's rich tradition through quality driven vinicultural practices. The Caraccioli, Nunes and Hibino families focus on delivering a distinctive expression of northern Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.
Morning sun and afternoon maritime breezes allow for optimal development and acid retention throughout ripening. Making it an idyllic cool climate growing location. The fruit is highlighted through our hand touched practices from pruning to night-harvesting. A reduction of irrigation as the vineyard matures has strengthened our efforts to force root growth to the water shed beneath the vineyard.
The dominate soil type is Chualar Sandy Loam which has allowed for great root distribution and development. As the bench rises in elevation there is a greater composition of decomposed granite with pockets of Parkfield Clay as well. Alluvial deposits of Oceano Loamy Sand are found in the lowest elevations leading to the Salinas River. The soils drain well and hold a proper amount of natural nutrients allowing for a healthy sustainable vineyard.