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In the fall of 2019, we removed another 450 aging Merlot vines and replaced them in the spring of 2020 with Cabernet Franc. We now have a total of approximately 1000 Cabernet Franc Vines. While working in the Vineyard in June, Sheldon rolled the ATV suffering a dislocated collarbone, multiple fractured ribs and a concussion. We are all incredibly grateful that the injuries are strictly superficial! Jace and Cait came down for a month in July and August to take some of the load off Sheldon, and Caston and Heidi came down for a month in the fall to help with Harvest. Once again, harvest came with a heavy fire

Harvest of 2019 was subject to another set of fires. This time strictly North/North West of Napa in the Mendocino and Shasta regions. The smoke was mild, relatively speaking, and we suffered no permanent damage.   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2018/08/06/wildfires-continue-to-char-california-but-one-fire-is-in-a-destructive-league-of-its-own/

In the winter of 2016/2017, we removed about 550 aging Merlot vines and replaced them with Cabernet Franc vines, a favourite varietal of the Paloma family. The 2017 growing season was fantastic, but due to years of drought, the fall brought waves of fires. From Northern California to North Bay to Wine Country, we were surrounded by fires all sides. Caston and Jace came down from Canada to help with harvest and support Sheldon in case of an emergency evacuation. Fortunately, CalFire was able to gain control before the fires reached Spring Mountain. In 2018, Sheldon decided to try something new; he wanted to pay homage to Barbara and

This year was a tough one. In May, at the age of 83, Barbara passed away due to complications from a stroke. It left a hole in the family that will take time to fill. She was the green thumb always reminding us that great wine starts with great grapes; we are farmers first and wine makers second. We spread her ashes in the vineyard that she poured so much of her heart and sole into these past 33 years. Thank you to all; the out reach and support from the wine community has been incredible. We are humbled and honored by your kindness. And a special thank you

2013 was another great growing season, but 2014 and 2015 would not fare as well. After our fifth consecutive year of drought, in 2014, the effects began to show. The stress caused the grapes to raisin before they were ripe enough to harvest. We did so anyway, being sure to keep the questionable grapes separate. The experiment did not last long; we ended up disposing of over half of the crush. While 2015 as a vintage also suffered from a sixth year of drought, the whole valley was devastated by shatter before it even mattered. What little rain did come last year, came during bud break in May. It

We finally got back to normal growing weather in 2012. Many have proclaimed it the vintage of the deca­de, even though we are only three years into the decade. In October, we got some fantastic news about our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. It received an honorary mention from James Laube of the Wine Spectator. James has always spoken very kindly of us over the years and we are forever grateful.   https://www.winespectator.com/articles/a-rare-cabernet-from-a-wine-of-the-year-winner-47454

2010 was the first of two challenging years for farming and winemaking. It was unusually cool, which made getting the fruit as ripe as we like particularly difficult. The 2011 vintage was even more challenging; after a second cool season, starting in September, it rained throughout harvest. Because of this, and the resulting product, Wine Spectator was very hard on this vintage throughout the Napa Valley. Fortunately for us, it's looking like the mountain terroir and the subtle differences in climate from the valley floor might help us escape what could have been a disappointing wine. It's still early, but we are optimistically hopeful about the 2011 vintage.

For the third time in 6 years, the Paloma Merlot made the Wine Spectator's Top 100. Out of over 18,000 wines tasted in 2008, the 2006 vintage placed 65th. Aside from the usual farming and winemaking challenges that we face every year, Jim was diagnosed with cancer in late 2007. He and Barbara spent the better part of two years in San Francisco while he underwent treatment. He fought stoically, but sadly, he passed in May of 2009. The Wine Spectator was very generous in their praise of Jim within the wine community. A worthy tribute to a very special person and his extraordinary wife, Barbara. A special thank you