Wine created from old vines tell a story of another place, of another time, and we marvel at this – we see the backdrop to this walking the vineyard, seeing the broken down tractors and artefacts in the vineyard, and relish the opportunity to provide that experience to others. Planted in 1939 by Alfred Frediani, who still helps with the farming today, these vines are on Pickett Road in Calistoga on unbelievably great soils. The vines display the influence of this great terroir in their tiny size, given their age. The 2013 vintage is remarkably lithe and supple with aromas of black fruits, dark chocolate, a high-toned strawberry note, black pepper, dried thyme and sweet vanilla. The palate is the most lush and layered we have encountered from this site, adding length to the finish, which soars.