From the winemakers notebook: We call this vineyard the volcano as it was planted on its own distinct peak (solitude peak) amongst the rolling Contra Costa Hills. Dick & Mary Lou Vanderkous planted this extraordinary vineyard over 20 years ago surrounding their home estate. They decided to plant the grapes they loved to drink. The majority of the vineyard is planted to Sangiovese and Merlot with a few rows of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to add some backbone to the field blend. Medium bodied with a subtle peppery note from the Sangiovese throughout a soft fruit mid palate.