2014 FARMING PRACTICES Despite persistent drought conditions throughout Northern California, 2014 brought forward an exceptional growing season in the Napa Valley, continuing the exemplary standards of the celebrated 2012 and 2013 vintages.
Limited frost pressure, remarkably well-timed rainfall in March and April, and temperate conditions throughout the season resulted in little need for intervention in the vineyard. Vineyard canopies fell naturally into balance with a solid crop set. With no significant weather events at the end of the season, our fruit was able to mature over an extended period, resulting in wonderfully structured tannins, deep aromatics, and superior color development.
As for the highly anticipated redevelopment of our hillside Block 1 vineyard, we successfully propagated and grafted to Cabernet Sauvignon in the spring. This achievement was a fitting tribute to honor the passing of Bob Phillips in October 2014, who stewarded two generations of vineyard on the site and established Vine Hill Ranch as a prominent source for some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon winegrapes in the Napa Valley.
The Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) has announced that the Phillips family, longtime winegrape growers in Oakville, has been selected as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Napa Valley Grower of the Year award. This is the first time that a family, rather than an individual, has been chosen for this distinction.
Bob Phillips was an early president (1984-86) of the NVG and one of the true pioneers of the organization. He participated in a significant way in many foundational industry successes, from the definition of the Napa Valley’s appellated structure to the protections afforded Napa County’s rich agricultural resources. His wife, Alex, served on the board of the Napa County Farm Bureau, and was instrumental in the founding years and beyond at the di Rosa Preserve. Bruce Phillips, their son, recently completed a two-year term as President of the NVG, during which time he led the NVG in the areas of strategic development, marketing and industry partnerships, which will carry the organization far into the future. Bruce’s wife, Heather, is a Napa County Planning Commissioner and chaired the very successful 2009 NVG Harvest STOMP event.
“The Phillips family has quietly represented the best of what we as growers
hope to be. Their love of the land and dedication to the industry and community
is an inspiration to all of us.” —NVG PRESIDENT DAVID BECKSTOFFER
Each year, the Past Presidents of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers meet to decide Grower of the Year. They deliberate over nominations submitted by the NVG membership based on: a strong commitment to sustainable practices; recognized leadership in agricultural preservation; dedicated community focus, contributions to the Napa Valley community; and someone who actively promotes Napa’s reputation for the highest quality vineyards.
With over 550 members, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers has played a vital role in strengthening Napa Valley’s reputation as a world-class winegrowing region for over 36 years. Its mission is to promote and preserve Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards.