There is so much to talk about that I don’t know where to start. Well let’s start with the Napa Premier event. Elizabeth and I had a very productive weekend. We not only tasted over 200 wines, current releases as well as Napa Premier lots, but we were successful bidders on two ten lots. We also made three new direct contacts in Napa. I am happy to introduce Alta Wines, Notra Vin and Arrow and Branch. These wineries do not sell outside of California except through their own private wine clubs. We will be the only establishment to carry their wines.
May Britt and Denis Malbec, formerly of Château Latour, have created the wines of Notre Vin to honor their favorite California terroirs. Nearly a decade of consulting with Napa and Sonoma Valleys’ finest wineries has given this team an in-depth understanding of the region’s diverse vineyards and microclimates. They have carefully selected vineyards in the Napa Valley, including Howell Mountain, and along the Sonoma Coast that yield grapes of concentration and balance, and they interpret this fruit through a legacy of Bordeaux winemaking experience that spans generations.Notre Vin, which means “our wine” in French, produces a Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the Howell Mountain foothills, a Rosé from Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Burgundian-style Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. All of their wines are crafted in very limited quantities.
Arrow and Branch
Proprietors Steve and Seanne Contursi share a great love for the wines of Bordeaux, particularly those produced with a large quantity of Cabernet Franc, such as Château Cheval Blanc. The couple began their romance while traveling through Bordeaux in the mid 1980′s, and have since found their dreams come true in being able to live and make wine in Napa Valley. They sought out their Coombsville vine
Etude Wines founder Tony Soter, a renowned Napa Valley winemaker and prominent wine consultant, previously owned the organic vineyard property. The vineyard was the source of Soter’s renowned and highly rated “Little Creek” Cabernet Franc. The Contursi’s have maintained the organic farming and, through their work with the detail-oriented Viticulturalist Mike Wolf, are continually improving this wonderful vineyard property with an eye to producing top-quality Bordeaux blend wines from Napa Valley.
When founders Fred & Nina Oliai first laid eyes on the 90+ acre ALTA Vineyard in 2008, they instantly recognized the magic, and the amazing potential of the site.
They maintain a deep respect for the land at ALTA Vineyard, tilling the soil as little as possible and restricting the use of chemicals and fertilizers. Intense hand farming, gentle fermentation and old world cellar practices all combine to yield exceptional results. Alta barreled its first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon in 2009 and sold a very limited amount when it was released in the Fall of 2011.
Since then, they have tirelessly looked for vineyard locations that best suited the verital. All of our wines are sourced from single vineyards. Their Sauvignon Blanc grapes are sourced from the Heitz Vineyard in the Eastern Hills of the Napa Valley. The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from the Beard vineyard in Yountville. Linda Beard and her family have owned this property for five generations and they pay meticulous attention to farming details. The latest addition to the Alta portfolio is our Pinot Noir offering. The grapes for this wine are sourced from a truly exception vineyard in the deep end of the Anderson Valley. The Conzelman vineyard is less than 16 miles from the Pacific Ocean and was planted in early 1990s.
We should have all of the wines in the club by the end of March. I have decided when we move into France, to keep our domestic wines available for tasting as well. I have purchased another tasting station which will be located where the olive oils are now. I think it will be very interesting to compare “Old World” versus “New World”.