Don Ross was a serious collector (and consumer) of fine wines for over thirty years. In January of 2003, he and his wife Joann bought a small knoll 3.5 miles north of Saint Helena in the heart of the Napa Valley. Included in this two-acre parcel was a rocky .75 acre Cabernet vineyard planted in 1996, a very modest vineyard cottage (originally a stone barn built in 1921), a guesthouse and a winery. After an internal remodel of the cottage, many gallons of paint and extensive landscaping, the knoll became the Ross family home.
Every year Shibumi Knoll sources incredible grapes from a block of the Buena Tierra Vineyard planted with old vine Chardonnay located on Eastside Rd in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The old vine block was planted in 1972 and walking down the wide rows each vine has evolved into its own unique, gnarled shape. The cordon arms on each plant are robust and they hang clusters of fruit that are equally nuanced and character-driven.