Some of the most well-known vineyards in the Napa Valley are famous for a reason: they consistently produce wines that speak of the singular place of their origin. “Terroir” is an imprecise concept, but it’s the combination of soils, sun exposure, elevation, weather, and other factors that make a specific region, even a specific vineyard, produce exceptionally distinct wines, as if the vineyards have their own signature.
At Amici we’re getting ready to let two famous Napa Valley vineyards speak for themselves. This summer we’ll be releasing our two new single vineyard wines, Cabernet Sauvignons from Spring Mountain and Morisoli Vineyard (Rutherford Bench). These are two wonderful examples of what makes the Napa Valley and the terroir of its sub-appellations so interesting, even mystical, to wine lovers.
Joel has several decades of experience working with the grapes from this Spring Mountain vineyard, as well as Rutherford Bench vineyards adjacent to Morisoli. It was fun for him to get back to vineyards he knows like old friends and, from harvest through release, craft wines that allow each vineyard to express its own unique personality.
Here’s a short video on these upcoming releases:
It’s the nature of a small winery business that once one large project is done, we’re on to another (it keeps thing interesting – or at least that’s what we tell each other!). Now that the new winery and tasting room are in tip-top shape, we’ve moved our focus on to a new landscaping project on the property. We’ve been excited to start this one: when we first looked at the property and saw the large, flat parcel in front of the guest house surrounded by views of the magnificent Palisades Mountain range, we all looked at each other with eyebrows raised and said, “Parties!” We knew we were looking at the perfect place for wine lovers to gather, relax and share great wine and food while gazing at the purple-tinged mountain range in front of them. We’ll be anxious to show off the setting when the landscape project is done in a few weeks, so stay in touch for your invitation to join us for a harvest get-together.
It may look like a construction zone now, but we envision a beautiful event space and fun afternoons/evenings spent with friends of the winery here.
We were thrilled to host the 2nd annual fundraiser for the Las Lomitas Education Foundation, a Bay Area public school district, last weekend. Over 150 people joined us to taste Amici’s latest releases, try barrel samples of the 2010 single-vineyard Cabernets and support their public schools. 25% of all wine sales from the event were donated directly to the school foundation, and we’re pleased to say that thousands of dollars were raised for the school district that evening. It’s a great event that supports a cause near and dear to us – the state of our public schools. If you would like to host a similar fundraiser for your local school, please contact us.