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when I am working
in the fields,
I reach down
and get a handful
of good clean dirt.

It feels warm
in the palm of my hand.

I let it dribble
through my fingers
and I feel as if
I had just
shaken hands
with all my ancestors.

Azores Immigrant Song
Tony Jerome, C. 1900

San Pablo Bay

The marine influence from San Pablo Bay provides foggy mornings and cool summer nights. Daytime temperatures in the summer average 10°F cooler than nearby St. Helena, to the North. That is why we are blessed with the longest growing season in the Napa Valley, which can last up to eight months. Early bud break and a long, leisurely growing season give our grapes optimal, balanced ripeness. The cooler nights and slowly rising daytime temperatures afford us extended hang-time for our wine grapes to achieve bright acidity, great texture, fruit-forward aromas and elegant flavors.