The modern viticultural history of Carneros begins on Stanly Ranch in the
1950s when Louis Martini who then owned part of the historic property began a
clonal trial of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with UC Davis and another historic
California wine family, the Wentes. The well-known Martini and Wente clones of
Pinot Noir and Chardonnay emerged from these trials and were propagated and sold
by the Wente grapevine nursery.
The historic ranch of Judge Stanly greets visitors to the Napa Valley as they
drive up Highway 29 towards the city of Napa and anchors the southeastern
corner of the Carneros. The fourth incarnation of grape vines on this property
began in 2001 with the development of 350 acres of vines using modern clones,
spacing and vertical trellising on the property's
clay-loam soils and gently rolling hills.
Saintsbury has purchased Stanly Ranch fruit
since the 1984 vintage and during the last 20
years it has been a significant source for the
Carneros Pinot Noir and Reserve bottlings. We
have now come full circle with the Vineyard
Series Stanly Ranch one of the successors of the
Reserve Pinot Noir in our Pinot Noir lineup.