Larry Bump, Owner
Tricia Bump Davis, Owner/General Manager
Brian Mox, Winemaker
Harvesting Linda's Hillside in October 2015
Darms Lane is a small, family-owned estate located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The property was planted to Chardonnay vines by Gil Nickel in 1978, and the wines were released under the iconic label Crichton Hall from 1983 until 2004. The 50-acre property in the foothills of the Mayacamus mountain range sits on a bench of clay and Cortina gravelly loam, in the southeastern part of Napa Valley. The vineyard is situated in a windy, cool corridor influenced by the San Pablo Bay, which results in cooler days and nights and contributes to a more elegant, restrained style of wines. The current owner, Larry Bump, became a limited partner of Crichton Hall in 1990, and has been the sole owner since 2002. The inaugural vintage of Darms Lane Cabernet Sauvignon was 2005. Current case production is approximately 2000 cases annually.
The vineyard was replanted in 2002 and 2003 to Bordeaux varietals, updating the farming method from conventional to sustainable practices. The vines were replanted with higher density, and the vine training was changed from California sprawl to Cerdon. The estate is currently 14.2 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The vineyard manager is Doug Wight, and the winemaker (since 1999) is Brian Mox, formerly winemaker at Lewis Cellars and assistant winemaker at Etude. Darms Lane is currently selling grapes to Spottswoode, Venge and MacCauley.
Fortune 1621 is the estate's second label. This Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced entirely from the property, and made in the same manner as the Darms Lane wines, offering tremendous value for the price.
Linda's Hillside being harvested in early October 2015