In 1995, David Parrish purposefully designed his own trellis system to produce a distinctive and complex wine grape in the Central California wine region. The Parrish Family vineyard was planted on 40 acres with 100% Cabernet. This unique vineyard consists of four different clones of Cabernet grafted onto two different rootstocks. The terrain of the Parrish Family vineyard is unique to the region due to its location and the influence of the cool evening coastal breezes and the warm daytime temperatures. The soil is granite with high calcium, which produces beautiful color and flavor for the wine.
The Cabernet has its own unique personality and as David would tell you: “The wine is distinctive and never tries to be anything else.” Just like he was taught by his Grandpa Earl, “If you’re a 3rd baseman, stay at 3rd base, and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing.”
The Templeton Vineyard is located in the beautiful El Pomar AVA. David Parrish studied the area for years before planting 80 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Grenache, and Mourvédre. It produces enormously round fruit and earthy flavors with a great mouthfeel.
The last vineyard David and the family planted is in the famed Adelaida District AVA. In studying the land, David divided up the 30 acre vineyard into 16 different soil blocks. At the very top of the hill, the first soil is almost all calcareous, but as it slopes down toward a creek bed, it gradually shifts from calcareous to clay. With the mix of clay and calcareous, there will be pronounced acidity, full tannins, and great structure as well as spice in the wines.
The PFV Adelaida vineyard produces three different Cabernet Sauvignon clones, as well as, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc.
This vineyard is the future site of the Parrish Family Vineyard tasting room and winery.