Dearden Wines embodies many varietals of wines from several sub-appellations sourced from vineyards of the highest caliber in both Napa and Sonoma Counties, selected because of their attention to detail, clonal choices and viticultural care.

Dearden Vineyard


Paige’s Vineyard

Paige’s Vineyard is located at the perimeter of our Dearden Vineyard. The vineyard was planted to the “Old Wente” clone of Chardonnay in 2006. Old Wente clone Chardonnay is a poor producer due to its propensity towards chicks and hens cluster architecture, but constructs an incredibly flavorful grape to make wine with.  When the decision was made to plant this clone, it was in the interest of quality winemaking and not volume; low yields and concentrated flavor are hallmarks for this clone, delivering a vibrant Chardonnay. 

close up of a grape vine

Buena Tierra Vineyard

The Buena Tierra Vineyard was planted in 1978, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the Russian River Valley. This venerable vineyard is located 1.5 miles southeast of Rochioli Vineyard in the low hills of the Laguna Ridge where the Russian River turns to head west to the Pacific Ocean. It has been meticulously farmed by members of the Lopez family for more than 40 years. The site is ideal for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, with well-drained sandy clay loam soil, cooling morning and evening fog from the ocean and bright sunshine during the day. Selectively irrigated, the vineyard is planted to several clones. The small berried, tight-clustered Chardonnay fruit yields a juice and resultant wine that is excellent and unique in character.

Inglewood Vineyard

The Kartozian and Toma  Families planted this tiny, hand-tended Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in 2004. Low yield and high quality are the mainstays for this silty, well-drained clay loam soil in the heart of the St. Helena Appellation in Napa Valley. The vineyard is planted to the Grace Family Clone, prized for its power, concentration and vibrant deep color. The strong root system of the vines greatly lowers the necessary water during the growing season; the vine roots push deeper every year to reach new pockets of the micronutrients in the soil to pass on to the fruit.

Lamonica Vineyard

Sam Lamonica planted his vineyard in 2002 on the  the gentle sloping hillside by his family home in the Napa Valley.  Located on the southern end of the Silverado Trail, the rocky soils and slight westerly aspect allow for only a small crop which is concentrated and pure. With a combination of Haire Loam and Hambright-Rock outcrop, decomposed igneous rock absorbs warmth and encourages thorough drainage.

Dearden has been making Little Giant Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard since 2011 and has seen the vineyard appreciate going on its 20th year since its first planting. This vineyard is one we reach for again and again for its exceptional composition and character. 

Frediani Vineyard

The Frediani family has been farming in the Napa Valley since 1905. Their seventy years old, 20 acre vineyard is located at the end of the Valley in Calistoga where it is dry farmed. The vines are in rocky gravel and bale clay loam soil and experience brutally hot days and chilly nights. This temperature variance results in incredibly lush and intense fruit.

Aldoroty Vineyard

In 2002 Neil and Karen Aldoroty planted a 1.18 acre vineyard just for me on the Silverado Trail, on the southern end of the prestigious Stag’s Leap Appellation. It is a west facing vineyard on the well-drained slope of the eastern hillside of the Vaca Mountain range on the border of the Oak Knoll and Stag’s Leap regions in Napa Valley. Clone C, the Bacchus Cabernet clone (made famous from the Joseph Phelps bottlings) was the choice for their tiny vineyard. The Aldoroty Vineyard site is unique in that it contains a variety of complex soil types such as volcanic rock, sand and sedimentary strata all within a minuscule geographic area. The soil, exposure and orientation of the vineyard dictate the production of a Cabernet Sauvignon possessing breadth, complexity and intensity of flavor.