Kirk-Landry Vineyard

Property Geography

Size
600 acres, 28 planted
Location
Off Chimney Rock Road, 16 miles from the Pacific ocean.
Distance to Le Cuvier
6.75 miles

Vineyard Overview

Kirk-Landry Vineyard is located off of Chimney Rock Road, approximately 6.75 miles from Le Cuvier Winery as the proverbial crow flies, and about 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard lies within the Adelaida District in the mountainous Santa Lucia Range to the west of Paso Robles.

The Adelaida District is an American Viticultural Appellation characterized by shallow, bedrock residual soils that are largely calcareous in nature. The District receives in the range of 30 inches of rain per year, making it a good candidate for farming vines without use of irrigation. The site is steep, and the planted acreage ranges from 1,550’ to 1,860’ in elevation.

Grapes Grown & Wines Sourced

Kirk-Landry Vineyard grows the following grape varieties. Varieties used in Le Cuvier wines are identified as "sourced by Le Cuvier".

Chardonnay 0.75 acres
Pinot Noir 0.75 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon 6 acres
Malbec 3 acres
Viognier 1.5 acres
Graciano 3 acres
Tempranillo 3 acres
Grenache 5 acres
Petite Sirah 2 acres
Syrah 3 acres

Table Summary

Le Cuvier sources all of its Malbec, and a portion each of its Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Viognier, and Petite Sirah from the Kirk-Landry Vineyard.

Vineyard History

The upper section of the vineyard was planted in 2007, while additional vineyard was developed in the lower section in 2011 through 2016 for a total of 28 net planted acres.

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

James Hall, a transplant from the coffee plantations on Maui, manages the vineyard.