Barbour vineyard is located on the west side of the valley, just south of the town of St. Helena and benefits from lingering warm air reflecting off the western hillside, tempered by mild marine winds in the evening. Its gravelly and loamy soils are the perfect environment for growing grapes with a good balance of acid and sugar. Winemaker Celia Welch is one of North America’s most highly regarded winemakers and has earned a reputation for crafting distinctive wines that express the unique qualities and characteristics of each vineyard.
Jim planted the vineyard in 1992 and selected clone 7 budwood from Grace Family Vineyards, a vineyard he developed several years prior. Barbour vineyard is dry-farmed and sustainably grown, producing a meager yield of one to two tons-per-acre. The resulting fruit offers beautifully concentrated flavors.