Robert Parker recently wrote: "Kudos to Delectus for making wines that ultimately will prove the magnificent aging potential of what they're doing in Knights Valley."
- Wine Advocate Issue #223, March 2016.
The Delectus property was a summer residence for poet and writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who spent much time sitting outside writing and admiring the view. Neighboring Mount St. Helena is now a State park named after the writer.
The combination of soil, elevation, and microclimate at the Ranch is ideal for this style of wines. There is a balance of rock, sand, gravel and dirt in the soil to provide ample drainage and heat absorption. In addition, the south-facing exposure allows fruit to be picked earlier than most vineyards at such high elevation in order to harvest before potential rain. The Ranch sits above the fog line, which provides a more moderate climate, unlike the valley floor where daytime and nighttime temperatures can vary dramatically. As a result, the wines are more concentrated, tannic, and inky, which is the quality and essence of Delectus.
French Wedding: 1,500 feet in elevation. "Married" two French Clones – 15 and 337.
Boulder Falls: 1,600 feet in elevation. California clone 4.
Bear Crossing: 1,800 - 2,000 feet in elevation. California clones 6 and 7.