24 Apr Lisa’s Vineyard Spotlight
Owners & Growers: Lisa Carr and Harvey Hoefer
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon
Clones: 7, 337, and 887
Soil: Volcanic loam
Lisa and Harvey were introduced to me by another grape grower in early 2007. My initial visit to their vineyard was so inspiring I could hardly restrain my enthusiasm. Their certified organic vineyard has a certain energy I feel whenever I visit. I can breathe easier and think clearer as I am surrounded by the delicate nuances of the trees, wildflowers, soil and creeks. I immediately told Erica about this amazing place and we agreed to purchase their organic cabernet sauvignon grapes for our 2007 harvest. Since then, I have been crafting our exquisite Lisa’s Vineyard cabernet from grapes grown with meticulous precision.
In addition to the honor of making wine from their amazing grapes, Lisa and Harvey have become dear friends. Many meals and bottles of wine have been shared on their lovely property. My love of the water is complemented by Harvey’s mastery of sailing and we have taken club members sailing on the Bay, picinic’d on Angel Island and of course drank Lisa’s Vineyard cabernet, on their beautiful sailboat. We have shuttled groups to their property in Knights Valley for intimate tastings and impromptu pool parties. We’ve harvested olives from their century old trees. The list goes on!
Lisa and Harvey endured The Tubbs fire in 2017 which roared over their property and left patches of devastation still visible on their land. After being evacuated, ‘sleeping’ in their Westfalia at the thumbprint winery overnight, they returned the next day to find their 10,000 gallon water tank had emptied due to melted pipes. They used pool water to douse spot fires all over their property until coheresing a Cal Fire squad parked nearby to join the fight, ultimately saving their structures and vineyards. This story of perseverance only begins to describe the incredible character of our friends, Lisa and Harvey. The wines I craft from their grapes are complex, dynamic and full of character. I am 100% certain this is due to the care and love that is poured into this amazing place from these two wonderful people. We hope you can taste the magic of these grapes that I’ve harnessed into every bottle.
For more about Lisa’s Vineyard, visit Our Vineyards.