4Hearts Vineyard

Property Geography

Size
37 acres, 21.2 planted
Location
Off Willow Creek Road, 12 miles from the Pacific ocean.
Distance to Le Cuvier
5.5 miles

Vineyard Overview

4Hearts Vineyard is a steep, hillside vineyard located on Willow Creek Road, approximately 5.5 miles from Le Cuvier Winery, and 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

The vineyard lies to the west of Paso Robles within the Willow Creek District, which is an American Viticultural Appellation characterized by a strong marine influence, hilly terrain and lots of limestone-rich calcareous soil. Willow Creek receives between 24 and 30 inches of rain per year, making the District a good candidate for farming vines without use of irrigation.

Grapes Grown & Wines Sourced

4Hearts Vineyard grows the following grape varieties. Varieties used in Le Cuvier wines are identified as "sourced by Le Cuvier".

Zinfandel 10.5 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon 3 acres
Petite Sirah 4 acres
Grenache 2 acres
Tempranillo 1.7 acres

Table Summary

Le Cuvier sources a portion of its Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel from 4Hearts.

Vineyard History

The Property totals 37 acres and was acquired by owner Willie Newman in 2005. Willie, who is a mortgage banking executive in Ann Arbor, Michigan, says that he chose the “4Hearts” name  based on those closest to his heart – his three daughters and his girlfriend Ally.

Of the 37 acres total, 21.2 acres have been planted to grapes. An initial 15.5 acres were planted in 2007, with an additional 5.5 acres planted in 2010. 

Farming Practices

The entire vineyard is dry-farmed and head-pruned, meaning that the vines are individually trained to a stake rather than strung together along a wire trellis. Dry-farmed means that the vines need to survive on available water retained by the soil during the winter rainy season. The vast majority of commercial vineyards have grape yields largely governed by relative levels of irrigation and fertilization provided by the farmer; conversely, grape yield from dry-farmed vines grown on rough, rocky soils is very low because each individual vine is restricted by the natural limitation on resources where the vine grows. This results in grapes with highly concentrated, small-sized berries filled with site-specific personality.

Management

Steve Crouch, a well-respected local manager who specializes in dry-farmed, head-pruned vineyards, was the architect and initial vineyard manager. Steve is now “manager emeritus” and James Hall has taken over day-to-day management. James also manages the Kirk-Landry Vineyard located off of Chimney Rock Road within the Adelaida appellation.