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The 2850 acre property was originally a beef-cattle ranch which was acquired by the Firestone family in 1972. The winery was run by Brooks Firestone, son of the former Ambassador to Belgium, and grandson to the founder of Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Some 345 acres were aside for premium varieties and in 1973 they were planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Gewurztraminer. The first crush was with the 1975 vintage which was the first commercial level achievement in this area. The fermentation tanks were in place for this inaugural vintage but the winery was still under construction in 1978. This 1976 vintage was troubled by heavy rains. Could this be a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Merlot??? Alcohol 12.5%. A soft, monolithic wine with simple flavors of cherry cola that show more advancement as coffee and caramel note mix in. There is watering acidity but this is simple wine. * Past.