Native9 Wine did not arrive by mistake. In 1781, Josef Ontiveros entered California permanently, and helped protect and build the Pueblo of Los Angeles and the Presidio of Santa Barbara. The next two generations, Patricio and Juan Pacifico, turned muskets to plowshares and established the El Cajon de Santa Ana Land Grant with the intention to "raise cattle, breed horses and grow wine" in Orange County CA in the mid-19th Century. Between 1837 and 1855, the Ontiveros ranching families struggled to find water for their stock, and made a family land-swap deal to trade El Cajon de Santa Ana for the Tepesquet Land Grant in Northern Santa Barbara County--a site that now includes Rancho Vinedo and Bien Nacido Vineyards. Nine generations after Josef entered California, after Spanish, Mexican and American ownership of California, James has reclaimed his Californio heritage in his love for horses, cattle, and vineyards. Native9 Wine and Rancho Vinedo Wine served tonight were made by winemaker Justin Willett, one of only two winemakers in California to achieve a perfect 100 point score for a Chardonnay. Whole cluster fermentation in Pinot Noir and long barrel aging, as well as cellaring, are the norm for us. These are wines of delicacy and perfume, not concentration and extract. Nastive9: Deliberate. Historic. Sublime.