Tor’s wines are wonderful. I’m pleased to have him use the Tierra Roja name—the wine is a great representation of this vineyard. Linda Neal

Tor and Linda Neal

Tor and Linda Neal

Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail, then directly look forward and up. This is Tierra Roja, a four-acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. Great neighbors—Backus, Screaming Eagle, Maya, and Rudd.

Dotted with big rocks, the soil is definitely roja (very red). You might expect the wines to be massive, but they are perfumed, dark, and complex, in the style of Screaming Eagle. In some years we make an “Oakville Hillside” wine from the rocky terraces that climb the Vaca mountain range—a darker fruited, spicier, chewier expression that bears more resemblance to Dalla Valle.

Linda Neal has been tending this jewel of a vineyard since 1987. Today Neal sells her fruit to no other winery but ours. It was a long wait until we finally released our first TOR Tierra Roja Cabernet in 2010. We couldn’t be happier working with this special fruit from a truly talented grower.

Tierra Roja Vineyard
appellationOakville, Napa Valley
soilIron-rich, red volcanic soil with large red rocks eroded from the Vaca Mountains
climateWest-facing slope warmed by the afternoon sun
topographyGentle slope, climbing a steep terraced hillside to 280 feet elevation
vines4 acres planted in 1989 of Cabernet Sauvignon, mix of clones

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At TOR, vineyards are the heart and soul of what makes wine so fascinating, absorbing, and challenging. It gives us a rush each year to work with the extraordinary vineyards in our portfolio. We feel very lucky and grateful for our vineyard partners—Beckstoffer To Kalon, Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Vine Hill Ranch Vineyard, Tierra Roja, Melanson, Hyde, and Beresini.