Geoge Vare planted his home vineyard at the foot of Mt. Veeder in the western Napa Valley to Ribolla Gialla and Cabernet Sauvignon. The long, cool growing season at this site is moderated by its proximity to the adjacent Redwood forested slopes of Mt. Veeder and its well drained gravelly soils. These factors lead to slow flavor development, great acid balance and moderate sugar in the resulting grapes. The 2019 Ribolla Gialla Vare Vineyard is a big, ample wine. Dried pear, almond, earthiness, dried flowers and sage all give the 2019 a distinctly savory, stony character. Creamy and beautifully layered, the Ribolla is quite rich in this vintage, but that is not at all a bad thing. Only 5 barrels produced get this while it lasts.