Thomas Vineyard, on a hillside west of Highway 29 at the northernmost point of Rutherford, was recently acquired by Alpha Omega and is named after its former owner, Don Thomas. This early-ripening site boasts soil that is rocky and has a higher sand content than on the valley floor. The result is a powerful wine with an elegant balance of structure and density. This site is set up as a vineyard laboratory with the latest technology to monitor the weather and water. This early-ripening site, paired with an early vintage like 2016, produced small, highly extractable berries which translated into a denser, more powerful wine.