JADA IS IN THE 3RD YEAR OF CONVERTING TO BIODYNAMIC FARMING PRACTICES.
“Using a systems ecological approach, biodynamics sees each farm as an organism, a self-contained entity with its own individuality. Thinking about the farm as an ecosystem leads to holistic management practices. These include integrating crops with livestock, recycling nutrients, maintaining soil, enhancing the health and wellbeing of crops and animals and even the farmer too. In this sense biodynamics shares concepts with permaculture — humans have a role as the designer of the
Jada Vineyard lies in an incredible pocket in the hills of the Santa Lucia Coastal Range on the west side of Paso Robles. A low spot (1700 ft) in the range directly west of the vineyard funnels cool coastal air from the Pacific Ocean through the corridor commonly referred to as the Templeton Gap. Blessed with abundant sunshine throughout the growing season, the maritime influence moderates the heat and provides incredibly cool evenings. As a result, harvest generally occurs near the end of October and the beginning of November. This long maturation process allows for superb development of color & intensity in character while maintaining acidity.
To wine growers, the beauty here is found beyond, in fact beneath, the surface. Under the shallow topsoil of clay loam lie massive deposits of calcareous shale and pockets of limestone. This challenging environment contributes to reduced vigor in the vines and decreased berry size, which plays a huge part in the intensity of the fruit and imparts a complex underlying minerality.
Location: Westside (Willow Creek District) Paso Robles, CA
Geology: Shallow topsoil of clay-loam over calcareous shale & limestone; well-drained, lean, and challenging
Average Elevation: 1,200 ft.
Temperature: 40-50 ° F temp. swings
Exposure of Slope: Southwest
Acres Planted: 58+
Year Planted: 1999 (1st planting) / 2008 (last Rhone update)
Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Roussanne, Merlot, Petit Verdot
Spacing: 8’x3’ (1815 vines/acre) & 8’x6’ (908 vines/acre)