We are pleased to provide you the following update on our Four Seasons project in Calistoga, Napa Valley:
We have completed all our major site excavation, and have placed and compacted the building pads for the twenty homes. For those of you who have not toured this summer, it’s a thrill for us, the Founders, and the market in general to stand on each of the twenty homes, and consider their views, adjacencies, etc. We also placed first concrete and steel in the ground in June, in the form of the retaining wall which separates the pond from the ballroom, event lawn, and parking structure.
Forming and pouring the retaining wall between the pond, ballroom, event lawn, and parking garage
The model room that you toured during the past year has become a construction zone once again. Model Room V1.0 has been significantly disassembled, and numerous improvements that Four Seasons and our design team developed are now being constructed. Model Room V2.0 will be completed this fall, fully furnished, and following final signoff by Four Seasons and our design team, it will become the gold standard for the 85 rooms we are building on site!
Model Room v1.0 before deconstruction this summer
In July we submitted 750 pounds (!) of construction drawings to the City of Calistoga Building Department, detailing our foundations, under-slab details, and site utilities. Comments from the City are due back any day now, and the associated permits should be in hand later this month. At that point, the site will roar to life with major activity over the next two years, with homes delivered in early 2020 and the resort opening in 2020. Fortunately, we have funded an outside plan check firm to assist the City, so that expanded team is grinding through hundreds of sheets of construction details. The City has been a great partner since 2010, and is as anxious as we are to see the resort built and opened.
Our rendering team in Los Angeles continues to produce gorgeous renderings of the resort.
Our final plat map for the resort, which delineates the 20 residential parcels, the HOA common areas, the resort core, winery, vineyard, etc., is being recorded this month with the City. The final map is not necessary from a residential sales standpoint until we near completion of the homes in 2019, but we are pleased to be checking off this step well in advance of completion of the homes.
Overall Construction, Completion and Opening Schedule
As mentioned above, our latest schedule calls for completion and opening of the resort in 2020. We will be pedaling hard during the next two years to hold or improve upon that schedule, for obvious reasons. The homes are expected to be completed and closed a few months prior to resort opening. At the time of home closings, the resort will be 99% complete physically, with a growing Four Seasons staff training daily, and debugging major systems within the resort. We invite you to be part of the soft opening of the resort during that time, providing the chef and culinary team feedback on the restaurant, as well as Thomas Brown and team in the winery, and the spa and fitness staff in their new home. 2020 should be very exciting.
Boys & Girls Club
We are pleased to report that the recent capital campaign for the new clubhouse in Calistoga has exceeded its $10MM target, and ground-breaking took place earlier this summer! The B&GC board includes our winemaker Thomas Brown, our vineyard manager Josh Clark, Kelly Foster, and a number of other St. Helena and Calistoga residents and business folks. It has been a huge tribal effort to raise the necessary capital, and we look forward to the new club’s opening. It will be a major family resource for many of our future employees for after-school care of their children.
Ground breaking on the new club took place a few weeks ago. A huge milestone for the community!
Thomas Brown provided the following update this week on our recent bottling of the 2014 vintage, barrel aging of 2015, and imminent harvest of 2016:
“I am finishing my annual rounds with Parker [Robert Parker, Jr.] today and 2014s have added a lot of weight and density in barrel pre-bottling. Everyone seems a lot higher on it now that it is a finished vintage. 2015s will be very well received critically. They all have incredibly sweet cores of fruit, a high level of sucrosity. For 2016 we always say about the vintage on the vine, there’s nothing yet to not recommend the vintage. We’ve started with SB [sauvignon blanc] and a little Pinot but Cab, given this cool weather, is still a couple weeks off. It’s nice to have a relaxed summer weather wise this year. Everyone is sleeping a lot better this year.”
Our production volume the past few years have been as follows:
- – 2014 bottled = 2,210 cases
- – 2015 in barrel = 1,725 cases
- – 2016 on the vine = stay tuned!
We look forward to seeing you in Napa Valley soon, and will send you additional updates this fall as construction ramps up and 2016 harvest is in the barrel!