Sloping gently west towards the foothills of the Mayacamas Range in southern Napa Valley, Sleeping Lady is the type of vineyard Julien likes to describe as “a diamond in the rough,” among other potentially great sites that haven’t yet been developed. The picturesque property in the Yountville AVA is certainly a jewel in the viticultural crown of the western bench, a stretch that includes some of the Valley’s most ideally situated vineyard land.
An alluvial fan of degraded rocks and pebbles— formed over millennia by rain and runoff from the nearby hills—comprises the deeply layered soil typical of this benchland. Meanwhile, the vines’ eastern exposure helps mitigate effects of the hot afternoon sun, while cooling winds flow unobstructed through the vineyard and across the valley floor. And Yountville’s proximity to the San Pablo Bay, just south of Napa Valley, further contributes to the gentle growing conditions, resulting in a fresher aromatic and flavor profile in the Cabernet Sauvignon Julien produces from Sleeping Lady’s vines.