Ghost Horse Vineyards

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about our region

The 3.08-acre property is located in the Southeastern part of the Napa Valley in the Coombsville area up against the Vaca Mountain Range.  The Vaca Mountains climb to 2,818 feet (858.93 meters) above sea level.  The slightly less than 2-acre vineyard was planted in 1997 and purchased in 2001 by Todd Anderson.

Soils

Coombsville itself is a bowl-shaped depression, cradled by a crescent-shaped section of the foothills of the Vaca Range, topped by Mt. George and Atlas Peak and flanked by the town of Napa and the Napa River. Most of the area was blanketed by volcanic ash from Mt. George. Alluvial flows covered the ash with cobble-stone strewn layers of rich loams. Pockets of volcanic soils and rocks pepper the landscape as well. The gravelly loams and rocky volcanic soils drain easily and the ash sub-soils hold water, which the vines can access as the dry growing season progresses.

Climate

Coombsville weather is moderated by its proximity to the San Pablo Bay.  Frosts are mitigated, fog covers settle more frequently and burn off later in the day than our neighbors to the North. The vines bud early and the grapes tend to be harvested later, making for a long, slow ripening period. Daily average high temperatures can be as much as ten degrees cooler during the hot months than most other appellations, and heat spikes tend to be less severe. All of this limits dehydration, preserves acidity levels, and generally aids even ripening patterns.