With roots deep in the Volcanic (Aiken) soils of Howell Mountain, our vineyard peers over the Napa valley at an elevation of 1732 feet. Planted in Cabernet Sauvignon and St. Macaire, the vines are sustainably farmed with great care and attention to timing.
The two varietals are blended for an intense, inky rich, elegant wine. Vinehouse, approachable, inviting and delicious in its youth, possesses all the components to cellar beautifully for decades, for those who can wait.
TASTING NOTES: Vinehouse is a blend, principally Cabernet Sauvignon with a bit of
St. Macaire (lost Bordeaux varietal). Both are estate grown on Howell Mountain. The result of this historic marriage; a big luscious sexy wine with long legs of intensity on the palate, and incredible depth of color.
THE NOSE: Crushed blackberries, blueberries, and black currants.
ON THE PALATE: Classic crushed ripe blackberry, a whisper of creme de cassis, and a hint of licorice, graphite and underbrush.
- Appellation: Howell Mountain
- Walnut Lane Vineyard
- Elevation 1732 ft
- Volcanic (Aken) soils
- VSP Vertical Trellis
- Spread Canopy
- Vineyard Spacing 4 x 5
- 92% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 8% St Macaire
- Production: damn hard to find
- 70% New French Oak
- Barrel aged 21 months
- Bottled in July 2018
- Alcohol 14.8%
. . . Hidden away on Howell Mountain, Alan and Lesley in 2012 discovered a gutted, abandoned mid-century bungalow resting on several acres. They spent two years bringing it back to life, expanding and restoring its rustic contemporary character.
Before any work on the house began, the land was cleared of all dead trees, with deep ripping and prepping of the Volcanic soils, once home to a large Walnut Orchard.
Planting Cabernet Sauvignon in 2013, then St Mccaire in 2014, the vineyard edges their home, aptly named, Vinehouse. Completed in 2014, the house and vineyard continue to mature, as do Lesley and Alan.
They trademarked a new brand of estate Cabernet Sauvignon, the name, of course,Vinehouse.
Meticulously tended, Vinehouse fruit is sustainably farmed, then hand picked, produced and bottled on Howell Mountain, all overseen with great attention to timing and detail by Alan Peirson.
Many talented hands and minds with decades of experience went into creating a beautifully packaged, well crafted wine. Here are many of the people who farm, ferment, blend, bottle, print, write, photograph and design, all that is Vinehouse. Our great appreciation for all their calloborative efforts, hard work, creative intellect, and good times.
VINEYARD MANAGER:Alan Peirson
WRITING, PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN:Lesley Warner & Scott Chambliss
LABEL DESIGN: Chanda Williams Design
WEBSITE:Designthis, Napa Valley
LABEL PRINTER:Printing Services of Napa Valley
LESLEY WARNER & ALAN PEIRSON
Lesley and Alan have been partners in business and life for 36 years. Both native Californians, growing up in the Bay Area, they share interests in art, science, food, music, horticulture, design, and architecture.
Life together began in 1984, living and working in Knights Valley, designing, building and managing for 20 years what is now, Peter Michael Winery.
Leaving in 2002 to start a partnership of their own, they would spend the next 19 years as owners of Peirson Meyer / L’Angevin LLC. Since 2010, Alan has also been the Director of Viticulture for O’Shaughnessy Winery on Howell Mountain and Prodgeny Winery on Mount Veeder.
Lesley and Alan established Vinehouse as their estate brand in 2016, their inaugural vintage. Leaving Peirson Meyer in June of 2020 for their partner to carry on, their focus is now Vinehouse, while Alan continues his work at O’Shaughnessy and Prodgeny Winery.
DBA: Walnut Lane Vineyard
Grown, Produced and
Bottled on Howell Mountain
in the Napa Valley
Vinehouse is only available for purchase from California retailers. We do not sell direct to consumers at this time. If you would like us to drop you an email, or text with the current retailers or release notifications, send us an email or text with your contact information: Name, phone and email. Thank you for your interest.