In 1975 I fell in love with an old stone Castle built in 1906, and a Barn built in the late 1800’s.
1988: Love strikes again and I married Marilyn Belk. We are blessed with two daughters, Jamee and Charlotte who also have grown to enjoy the wonders of the wine buisness.
1997: We planted the vineyards. Every detail was meticulously thought out and in turn captured the interest of Napa Valley's top winemakers. Initially we sold fruit to David Ramey of Ramey Wine Cellars from 2001-2003, and then to Chris Carpenter of Lokoya Winery from 2004-2005, it was in 2006 when we decided to make wine for ourselves and showcase the benefits of our hard work.
Our Philosophy: Ideal Location, Pedigree of Fruit, Meticulous Farming Practices and Winemaker.
The Diamond Mountain District is a superior growing area in Napa Valley for Cabernet Sauvignon. Boasting a myriad of soil types and exposures at a wide range of elevations.
Pedigree of Fruit:
13 acres of vineyards are planted in 8 distinct blocks. Extensive research went into the selection of varietal clones and rootstocks that perfectly match our soils and climate. This results in five different clones of Cabernet Sauvignon complimented by small plantings of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
The vineyard is farmed by the highly regarded Daniel Avina and Clark Vineyard Management. It is through targeting low yields and long hang times where we maximize the richness of flavor and maturity of tannins.
In 2008 Thomas Rivers Brown (TRB) became the winemaker. He has a master's technique, a deep knowledge of historical styles, and a new world vision for our wine. Wallis Family Estate DMD is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, and The Little Sister is a proprietary blend.