Angwin Estate Vineyard
Angwin Estate Vineyard is an exciting new winery making wine in the traditional Napa Valley style. The wine is deliberately made to age in the tradition of the classics such as Robert Mondavi, Chappellet and Mayacamas. It is unabashedly a mountain wine. The tiny vineyard (2.2 acres) sits high atop Howell Mountain overlooking Pope Valley from an elevation of 2200 feet and is farmed practically by hand
Jon Larsen has returned to his home in St. Helena after a career as a cardio-thorasic surgeon. His role is that of a true vigneron, tending the vineyard and crafting the wines. His long friendship with the Philip Togni family inspires his style and is reflected in the wines. These wines are built with longevity in mind in an era when immediate gratification is the norm. The wines are outstanding now but are only going to improve as the vineyard matures and the bottles age. If you enjoy the classic Napa cabernets of Togni, Corison, Diamond Creek and Forman this is the wine for you.
Calluna Vineyards is a small estate situated atop of picturesque Chalk Hill in Sonoma County. The winery is dedicated to making Bordeaux varietal wines with a distinct nod to the Old World. The estate is planted to all five red Bordeaux varieties as well as Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
Winemaker David Jeffrey studied in Bordeaux with famed enologist, Alain Raynaud, at Ch. Quinault-L'Enclos in St. Emilion. He has brought back the viticultural and vinification techniques learned there to craft elegant blended wines that express the terroir of the Chalk Hill site. The wines feature balance, elegance and structure associated with great Bordeaux but also a kiss of just ripe fruit from the abundant California sun.
Component/State Of Mind
Component Wines is the brainchild of sommelier Michael Kennedy who was a former wine director of Eric Ripert's Blue in Grand Cayman. Having had access to the world's finest wines, many of which are blends, Kennedy decided to pursue how the individual elements of famous wines perform as reflected across various premier terrors. Thus Component wines seek out small parcels to make mono-varietal wines in top vineyard sites of both Bordeaux and Napa made in cooperation with world class winemakers to see what each variety has to say on its own.
State of Mind is an ongoing adventure in winemaking. Kennedy utilizes his relationships with great winemakers to make collaborative wines. Sometimes they are one offs, sometimes the partnerships endure. It's a way to push the boundaries of winemaking styles using great sites around the world.
Pinea is an ambitious new producer from one of Spain's most innovative wine regions. Ribera del Duero's diverse continental climate and diverse soils have long been known for producing some of Spain's best Tempranillo. Now it is also home to some of the most cutting edge winemaking in the country.
Pinea is a project sourcing old vine Tempranillo from the prestigious subregion of Roa and La Horra (home of Pingus and Sastre) and putting it into the hands of one of Spain's top young winemakers, Isaac Fernandez. The resulting wines show powerful bold fruit and an elegance and finesse matched by few wines from the world. They have also collaborated with Masters champion Sergio Garcia on '17 by Pinea. An easy drinking version of Tempranillo from younger vines at an approachable price.
Salomon Undhof is one of the iconic wineries of Europe. Currently in their 7th generation of family ownership their list of firsts in Austrian wine is long. Their 224 years of history in the Kremstal has allowed them to acquire many of the best vineyards in the region. All of their vineyards are classified Erste Lage (1st growth) and half of their plantings are the preferred Riesling. All of their wines are made with sustainable farming practices and non-interventionist winemaking.
Bert Salomon had intended to emigrate to Australia before being called back to take over the family's estate in the Kremstal. Now he spends half the year in each place working two harvests a year. Salomon Estate in Fleurieu is located in one of the cooler sites of Southern Australia. Arctic breezes from the Southern Ocean keep the wines fresh with an Old World style unusual from Australia. These are the types of wines that will bring consumers back to Australian wine.
Silver Ghost Cellars
One of the exciting things about Napa Valley is the fact that young winemakers can still come out and work with great winesmakers and create exciting small 'virtual' wineries. Weston Eidson of Silver Ghost is an example. He came out to work with fellow Texan Jason Moore (Modus Operandi) and Sarah Francis and has now formed a partnership with famed winemaker Russell Bevan to consult on his wines.
As land prices skyrocket and small vineyards continue to be acquired by large companies affordable Napa Cabernet has become a rarity. Silver Ghost is Weston Eidson's attempt to fill that void. Crafted in small batches from select vineyards in St. Helena and Rutherford Silver Ghost is quickly growing a reputation for quality and value that is very difficult to find from Napa valley these days.
Vineyard 36 is a collaboration of three friends brought together by hockey and wine. NHL stars Cam Ward and Tim Gleason developed a strong bond as teammates during the long NHL season over many bottles of great wine. The brought their dedication to excellence to the idea of making wine to share among friends. Together with their friend Jason Earnest's experience in the wine business they were able to source top sites in Napa and beyond with winemaker Keith Emerson at Vineyard 29. The resulting wines share the owners determination to put in the work to succeed. All four have spent many hours together to put together the best wines they can to share among their circle and to offer to new friends. In Vineyard 36 wines you'll find a harmony of quality, accessibility and value.