About Peacock Family Vineyard
“We did not set out to make any money from producing wine from our vineyard, but we have created a truly distinctive wine that is respected by all who taste.” - Chris Peacock
Location is Everything
The Spring Mountain District, on the eastern most ridge located 1000 feet above see level. 1.2 acres of our vineyard have an eastern exposure; the remaining 5 acres have a western exposure.
The [Aiken] series consists of very deep, well-drained soils formed in material weathered from basic volcanic rocks. This soil type consists of up to 70% rock, with balance composed of heavily eroded clay and loam.
Warm days and unique western exposure allow for optimal ripening, while the cool nights let the vines respire and recover for even maturation.
Our Farming Philosophy
Direct and purposefully attention is given to every aspect of the farming cycle. We employ precise farming techniques, practice dry farming, balance crop loads, and pick our fruit at perfect maturation. We farm sustainably and thoughtfully, with our future generations in mind.
Owner / Proprietors: Chris and Betsy Peacock
Proprietors Chris and Betsy Peacock established their home around this vineyard in 1991. They bring an unusual mix of expertise—theology, philanthropy, traveling, the fine arts—to the project of creating a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon from their spectacularly beautiful vineyard on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. “I’ve done a lot of different things in my life,” he says, “and I’ve always been driven by my love of nature and the outdoors. “One theme of my life has been finding places in this world which are remote, wild, and serene. . . . “I wanted to ‘go back to the land’ and felt I could combine that longing with the world of fine wine, another passion of mine.”
Proprietors: Rebecca Peacock
The daughter of Chris and Betsy Peacock, Rebecca Peacock has always been passionate about wine, food and fashion. Before joining the Peacock Family Vineyard team in late 2013, Rebecca owned and operated a thriving women’s clothing store specializing in French fashion for 15 years in Burlingame, Calif. Rebecca’s semi-annual buying trips for the store took her to Paris, her passion for great wine and food blossomed, and New York City. With the fashion world behind her, she will direct her considerable talents and complete attention to the Peacock Family Vineyard wine as a proprietor of the winery. As a second-generation Peacock, she will help guide the winery into the future.
Winemaker: Craig Becker
Winemaker Craig Becker began his career at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville in 1996, learning the fine art of natural winemaking. 1997 he left Mondavi and joined Spring Mountain Vineyard as assistant winemaker. Shortly after joining Spring Mountain Vineyard, Craig was appointed winemaker at age 23. In 2003, 7 years later, he left to become a full-time consulting winemaker. Craig joined Peacock at the beginning, in 1999, and today he is both winemaker and general manager at Peacock: “My goal as a winemaker is to produce exceptional varietal wines which reflect the uniqueness of the vineyard and the microclimate,” he explains. His other projects include Somerston Estate and Kelleher Family Vineyards in Oakville.
Press & Award
Wine Advocate October 31, 2013 – Robert ParkerThe 2010 is outstanding, the 2011 charming, lighter but pleasant and soft, and the 2012 potentially the best of the trio as it’s the deepest and richest with the ripest fruit, even though it’s not the highest in alcohol (that’s the 2010 at 15.4%). I like the blue and black fruits in all three of these wines, with the 2010 the most structured, the 2012 the most opulent and voluptuously textured, forward and classic, and the 2011 is lighter, but certainly very consumer-friendlyThis small 5.6-acre operation is owned by Chris and Betsy Peacock. This appears to be an interesting project worth following
Wine Advocate #204 Dec 2012 – Antonio GalloniThe 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a pleasant, juicy wine bursting with sweet red berries, licorice, crushed flowers and mint. Firm Spring Mountain tannins frame the exuberant fruit in this racy, nicely balanced Cabernet. The 2009 should start drinking well in another few years, once the tannins begin to soften.
June 2010 :: 2005 Cabernet SauvignonBohemian Club Wine Committee ranked the 2005 Cabernet 1st of 53 Cabernets in a blind tasting
June 2009 :: 2004 Cabernet SauvignonBohemian Club Wine Committee ranked the 2004 Cabernet 2nd of 53 Cabernets in a blind tasting
April 2009 / October 2008 :: 2004 Cabernet SauvignonThe Hoover Institution gives Peacock Family Vineyard a standing ovation at two major dinners.
Peacock at the OscarsMarch 2006 Los Angeles, March 2006—Peacock Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon will be included in the 78th Annual Academy Awards® gift basket given to the celebrity presenters and performers at the awards ceremony on March 5 in Hollywood.
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