Located in the heart of Rutherford in Napa Valley is the estate vineyard and backbone of S. R. Tonella Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon. To our knowledge, it is one of only a handful of commercial vineyards farmed by hand in Napa Valley. It is located on prestigious Rutherford benchland renowned for Cabernet Sauvignon. Vines grown in this soil are deeply rooted in the ground, producing rich and complex grapes. The vineyard is cultivated in a vertical cordon style; the vines are supported on their own with no trellis system, resulting in a strong, healthy vineyard. This is not the easiest, most modern or highest-yielding system, but is one of heritage, resulting in the most sustainable, highest-quality cabernet sauvignon. It is the source.
The Morisoli-Borges Vineyard is located on the west side of Highway 29, immediately south of the town of Rutherford and within the heart of the historic Rutherford Bench – as stated, truly one of the world’s premier cabernet growing regions. Well-drained gravelly soils, meticulous sustainable farming practices and careful collaboration with SRT Cellars all contribute to grapes that reflect both the Rutherford heritage and site-specific vineyard qualities. Mike Morisoli is a 4th-generation grower in Rutherford who runs a family-farmed estate cultivating premier Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Petit Verdot. The resulting wines are some of the most sought after in Napa Valley. Mike’s vineyard can be viewed in the foreground of our home page.