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Wine Spectator: Heitz Cellar Owner Buys Napa Valley’s Haynes Vineyard

September 25, 2019

Agriculture magnate Gaylon Lawrence Jr., owner of Napa Valley’s iconic Heitz Cellar, isn’t slowing down. Less than six months after snapping up the Wildwood Vineyard in Rutherford, Lawrence has purchased the historic Haynes Vineyard in the Coombsville subappellation from founder Pat Haynes. Wine Spectator has learned that Lawrence plans to launch a new, yet-to-be-named winery, producing small-lot Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah from the 32-acre vineyard. The price of the sale was not disclosed.

“Our goal is to express the best we can out of this vineyard,” said McCoy. The plan is to convert the vineyard to biodynamic farming while preserving the existing vines. McCoy says they will also plant a hitherto unused section of the vineyard to an experimental block of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Production will remain small, around 2,000 cases of wine a year, with some of the grapes sold to other producers. Wine Spectator has the full story.—Augustus Weed

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