Our 2008 Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from our Howell Mountain Estate vineyard located on Summit Lake Drive. Thirteen acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Merlot are planted on this 160-acre mountain ranch at an elevation of over 2,000 feet. Soil and weather conditions of this mountain vineyard are challenging, but worth the extra effort as it produces a wine with great flavor, intensity and aging properties.
Dark chocolate, vanilla and sweet blackberry meld together offering a luscious aroma in this 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. In the mouth, dried cherries, currants and black fruits complement the toasty vanilla notes. The finish is long and full. This is a truly lovely example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at its best.
|BARREL AGING:||20 Months French Oak|
60% new, 30% 1-year,
|San Francisco Chronicle GOLD MEDAL: January 2011|
|Wine Enthusiast Magazine 94 POINTS: May 2012|
Our 2008 Estate Reserve Merlot is produced from our Howell Mountain Estate vineyard located on Summit Lake Drive. Thirteen acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and three acres of Merlot are planted on this 160 acre mountain ranch at an elevation of over 2,000 feet. The soil and weather conditions on this mountain vineyard are challenging, but worth the extra effort as the vineyards produce wines with great flavor, intensity and aging properties.
This classic mountain top Merlot has aromas of cedar, leathery tobacco and freshly baked Christmas cake. It is complemented by flavors of ripe plum, blackberries, black cherries and spice. The finish is long and complex. This wine received a Gold Medal from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
|BARREL AGING:||24 Months|
50% American Oak,
50% French Oak,
65% New Oak
|San Francisco Chronicle DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL:
|Wine & Spirits Magazine 92 POINTS: June 2011|
Our 2008 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of two small Estate vineyards on either side of Highway 29, located only 1/8 of a mile apart, and totaling just three acres. Both vineyards are composed of the same alluvial gravelly loam that make these some of the best vineyards in the Rutherford Bench.
This growing region is one of the best for Cabernet Sauvignon due to ideal soil and climate conditions. Wines of the Rutherford Appellation display the “Rutherford Dust” characteristic that make them distinguishable from other Cabernet Sauvignon grown in other areas and setting them apart as some of the best in the world.
This beautiful Cabernet displays aromas of blackberry, dark cherry and vanilla toasted characteristics. The fruit is mature, the balance is refined with great complexity in its dusty fruit and integrated oak flavors. The wine finishes with pleasing flavors that display a true example of a distinguished Cabernet from our Rutherford growing region. Drink now through 2020.
|BARREL AGING:||20 Months|
80% French Oak, 20% American Oak
|Wine Enthusiast Magazine 92 POINTS: December 2010|
Our 2008 Estate Merlot is sourced exclusively from our Estate vineyard located east of our winery and tasting room in the heart of the Rutherford Appellation.
This growing region is one of the best for Merlot due to ideal soil and climate conditions. Wines of the Rutherford Appellation display characteristics that set them apart as some of the best in the world.
This Merlot feature great opening aromas of white pepper and blackberry. Clean and soft, this wine balances sweet fruit and black tannins leading to a soft and lingering finish. There’s an airy feel to its flavors, rising above the palate rather than weighing heavily upon it. Great with grilled sirloin. .
|BARREL AGING:||18 months|
90% French Oak, 10% American Oak, 20% New, 60% 1-year old,
20% 2-year old barrels
This extraordinary wine started out as an experiment but has now become an institution. When we went to plant this vineyard in front of our winery we noticed that the soil held some truly unique properties, properties that we felt might be well suited for a Sangiovese. We chose clones 2 and 4 and waited….On our first tasting we knew we were right. The “Rutherford dust” had worked its magic on this Italian varietal!
What small amount isn’t snapped up by our wine club is made available only here and in our tasting room.
This attractive wine displays a nose full of violet, black cherry and ripe plums. It has an appealing hint of black licorice and toasty vanilla that balance the dark, fruity nose.
Sweet blackberry, vanilla and baked cherries dominate in the mouth. The wine is brightly concentrated, dense and full. Wonderful drinking wine to pair with food or to drink alone.
|BARREL AGING:||18 Months|
100% French Oak
40% new, 60% 2-year old puncheons
Our 2008 vintage of Petite Sirah was made in much the same style as the previous four vintages producing a luscious, fruit forward, delicious wine from Spring Creek Vineyard, located in the St. Helena appellation.
The vineyard is on the west side of the Valley floor and benefits from copious direct sunlight during the growing season as well as cool breezes in the afternoon, a perfect situation for Petite Sirah.
The 2008 Petite Sirah exhibits the typical deep black and purple hues that, amazingly, comes from only 10 days of skin contact. 10 months of oak aging contribute rich aromas and flavors of toasty vanilla that are well balanced with the characteristic plum, boysenberry and hints of roasted game. The entry is rich and concentrated, the structure and weight are big but the finish is silky and very approachable early on for this varietal.
|BLEND:||100% Petite sirah|
|BARREL AGING:||10 Months|
50% French Oak, 50% American Oak
50% new, 30% one-year old,
20% two-year old.
|APPELLATION:||Spring Creek Vineyard, St. Helena|
Estate grown Sauvignon Blanc planted on the Pestoni family`s historic ranch in the Rutherford Bench. Located on the western side of the Valley floor in Rutherford, the vineyard is planted in the Sauvignon Blanc Musque and 317 clones.
Our estate vineyard produces grapes with wonderful fruit intensity, ideal acidity and attractive mineral character which express the true characteristics of the varietal.
Our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc has an elegant aroma with hints of grapefruit, lemon, pear and apricots. The flavorful acidity complements the notes of citrus in the mouth and the wine finishes smooth and clean.
Fermented and aged for six months in small stainless steel barrels "sur lie" we maintain a bright acidity and the texture which balance this wine so deliciously.
|BLEND:||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|BARREL AGING:||6 months in 70 gallon stainless steel barrels.|
Quackenbush Mountain Vineyard sits at an altitude of 2,000 feet on a rocky slope overlooking the eastern shore of Clear Lake. With its ideal red clay and fractured basalt, this location benefits from the cool lake breezes. This slows the ripening process, allowing the fruit to reach the balance and intensity we look for in a mountain wine.
Our vines, all heirloom selections of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah, are planted with budwood gathered from some of the old existing plantings in California. Our grandfather, Albino Pestoni, and great uncles made their robust wines with these types of grapes under similar conditions... one of the blocks even originates from Uncle Fred’s old ranch.
Our 2009 vintage opens with aromas of raspberry and a hint of cinnamon. It enters the palate with nicely balanced dark berry earthy tones complemented with a velvety finish.
|BARREL AGING:||10 Months in oak|
25% new American Oak,
75% Neutral barrels