Just three miles long and close to a mile wide, this “valley within a valley” was formed by ancient rivers and volcanoes. The tiered Palisades tower over the scene, and the exposed rock absorbs the sun’s heat by day and cools rapidly at night in the marine air that flows north from San Pablo Bay. Situated about six miles north of downtown Napa, the Stags Leap District naturally evokes mythological and spiritual energy. Farmers began to realize the valley’s extraordinary conditions for viticulture in the late 1800s—back when the Silverado Trail was still a horse path. By the 1970s, the Cabernet Sauvignon grown here was a revelation.