Nine Suns. The Chang Family purchased this property in 2010 from developer and majority owner of the San Diego Chargers football team, Alex Spanos. The Chang’s three children (Aimee, Jason and Chris) have all been instrumental in the development of the property, winery and brand. Jason oversees the winery; In 2010 Jason knew very little about wine – at the time he was working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York doing Management Consulting work.
Their 40 acre property is planted to 23 acres of vines (HOUYI Vineyard) – all five primary Bordeaux red varietals are planted on site including the majority, Cabernet Sauvignon with smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite, Verdot and Malbec. As with a number of their Pritchard Hill neighbors, their own soils are extremely rocky and iron rich red in color. Vines were already here when the Chang’s purchased – the oldest vines on site date to 2004. After purchasing the property the family initially sold the grapes to several premium producers and continue to do so including to premium Napa producers Realm and Fairchild. The first wine they produced was from the 2011 vintage (200 cases) but elected not to release it. Their first commercial release was a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The name Nine Suns was carefully chosen to honor their heritage. Nine Suns is part of a Chinese legend (often told to children) where 10 individual suns would rise and set each day taking turns doing so. One day all ten suns rose at once and the earth soon suffered due to the heat. Houyi, a mythological Chinese archer was given the task of eliminating the suns – he successfully shot down 9 suns leaving only one.
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