The Millennium MM vineyard is located less than one-half mile from the winery estate on the northwest edge of the Rutherford Appellation. This vineyard has a storied history of producing Reserve-style Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for some of Napa Valley's historic and distinguished wineries. Whitehall Lane purchased the property in 2000.
Much of this 20-acre vineyard property is currently being replanted. After removing the vines at the end of 2007, we employed a scientifically engineered machine to profile the soils throughout the vineyard and isolate vineyard blocks based on soil criteria. With these results, we have created four new vineyard sub-blocks that will be planted with ideally matched rootstocks and clones in an effort to grow grapes with optimum complexity and flavor. Each block will also have its own irrigation system. Row orientation and trellis systems were matched to suit growth and sun exposure.
There are a little more than four acres of Cabernet vines growing that are currently producing grapes. The remainder of the vineyard that is under redevelopment will begin producing fruit in 2011.