Storybook Mountain Vineyards

Our Vineyard
Wine critic Robert Parker has described our Storybook Mountain estate as “One of the steepest, most picturesque vineyards in California.” Located at the top of Napa Valley four miles north of Calistoga and just a quarter-mile from the Sonoma County border, our estate vineyard reaches elevations approaching 2,000 feet on an eastern slope of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, creating an ideal eastern exposure characterizing many of the world’s most acclaimed vineyards.

The vineyard is divided into over 100 separate micro-blocks based on grape variety, sun exposure, rootstock and clone. Open to the morning sun, the vines easily ripen their fruit, yet their oblique angle to the hot afternoon sun tempers the heat spikes and heat accumulation that can bake grapes, leading to overripe flavors. Furthermore, the Russian River to the west funnels cooling afternoon breezes to our vineyard, resulting in temperatures often ten degrees cooler than in the valley below.

Rainfall patterns in our northernmost section of Napa Valley also contribute to our estate vineyard’s singularity. During spring, the area north of Calistoga is among the rainiest in Napa County, often receiving twice as much precipitation as the cool-climate Carneros district in the southern end of the valley.

This amount of moisture – given our vineyard’s relative coolness and clay soils – means that most of our mature vines do not require irrigation, a blessing especially during drought years. Water conservation, however, is just one element of our commitment to sustainable farming. We are a certified organic vineyard and thus refrain from the use of insecticides, pesticides and commercial yeasts, instead using environmentally friendly farming techniques reflecting our determination to be responsible stewards of the land.

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Storybook Mountain Vineyards 'Mayacamas Range' Zin 2013
94  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 94 “If you were to come back as a vine, Jerry Seps’s steep hillside vineyard would be a pretty tempting place to put down roots. His vineyard faces north toward Mount St. Helena and east toward the Palisades-not a house or a road in sight, only trees, meadows and craggy rocks left by

Storybook Mountain Vineyards Zandel Mayacamas Range 2012
Connoisseurs' Guide 90 "It's young and it's deep; it's nicely focused on bright blackberry fruit and it's tight but promising... and given the remarkable Storybook Mountain track record with its Zins, we have nothing but full confidence in this one's ability to reach great heights."    Wines of

Storybook Mountain Vineyards Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2006
96  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 96 "The 2006 Napa Valley Estate Reserve Zinfandel are from select barrels for this reserve, the top lot from their hillside estate overlooking Mount St. Helena and the Palisades in northern Napa Valley. The vineyard forms an amphitheatre facing northeast, with enough cool morning sun

Storybook 'Mayacamas Range' Zinfandel 2007
91  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 91 "The least expensive wine is the 2007 Zinfandel Mayacamas Range, which showed terrific character the day I tasted it. Loads of berry fruit (especially raspberries and dark cherries) intermixed with some crushed rock and minerality jumps from the glass of this medium to

Storybook Mountain Vineyards Eastern Exposures Zin 2005
94  Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 
Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 94 "The Zinfandels of Storybook Mountain are invariably wines of both structure and depth, and this latest is very much a study in point. It begins with well-filled smells of blackberries, cocoa and rich oak and follows with nicely layered flavors that are at once both

Storybook 'Eastern Exposures' Zinfandel 2007
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90'Elegant berry fruit intermixed with briary notes, loamy soil undertones, pepper and spice are followed by a round, soft, easygoing wine that should drink nicely for the next 4-5 years'

Storybook Mountain Vineyards Estate Reserve Zinfandel 2005
95  Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 
Connoisseurs Guide to Wine 95 "In more vintages than not, this bottling has turned out to be our favorite from Storybook Mountain. And here again, it is a ripe, generous, yet impeccably balanced wine whose keen blackberry fruit in nose and mouth comes with a mix of intensity and youthful restraint

Storybook "Atlas Peak" Zinfandel 2002
90  Robert Parker 
Robert Parker 90 "The dark ruby/purple-tinged 2002 Zinfandel Atlas Peak (from the Mead Ranch) reveals sweet raspberry, cranberry, and currant notes in addition to crisp acidity, and a savory, medium to full-bodied, lovely personality. It can be drunk now or cellared for 5-8 years. Kudos to Jerry