Annual Tasting

The Annual Tasting has been a yearly event for over 50 years. Where once a half dozen Napa Valley wineries poured, we now expect more than ten times that many to join us among the grand oak trees of the Grove at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa.

Every current member of NVWLA is invited to attend the Annual Tasting and there is no admission fee. The tasting is a benefit of membership.

This year’s tasting is as follows:

54th Annual Tasting: “A Sense of Place: Honoring Napa Valley Terroir”

Sunday, August 14, 2016
5 pm to 7 pm
The Grove at Silverado Resort & Spa, Napa

53rd AnnualThank you to all our participating wineries, volunteers and NVWLA members for making this tasting such a rewarding afternoon. Here's to sharing our newfound wines with friends in the years ahead.

Napa Valley wineries were invited to pour wines they felt keenly reflected our local, unmistakable terroir. The wineries' response made for an informative as well as delicious tasting. Single, designated vineyards including Estate, varieties already or coming to be associated with certain appellations, different vintages from the same vineyard--the wineries' choices of wines were both extremely thoughtful and provocative. 74 Napa Valley wineries poured current releases as well as library wines, a total of over 140 wines, with a majority of winemakers and winery principals on hand, ready to renew or make one's acquaintance over their Napa Valley in one's wine glass.

Salumi and cheese from Panevino, baguettes from The Model Bakery and salted bites from pieces of chocolate complemented the wines tasted.

The participating wineries at the 54th Annual Tasting were:

Amizetta; William Clark, winemaker

  • 2014 Napa Valley "Complexity" - 750 cases
  • 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 650 cases

Arns; Sandi Belcher, winemaker

  • 2012 Melanson Vineyard - Pritchard Hill, Napa Valley Syrah - 100 cases
  • 2011 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 400 cases

Ballentine Vineyards; Bruce Devlin, winemaker

  • 2015 Betty’s Vineyard & Fig Tree Vineyard, Saint Helena "Maple Station" - 200 cases
  • 2012 Pocai Vineyard, Calistoga Cabernet Franc - 175 cases

Bouchaine Vineyards; Chris Kajani, winemaker

  • 2015 Carneros Estate Vin Gris of Pinot Noir – 400 cases
  • 2012 Carneros Pinot Noir – 6,000 cases

Broman Cellars; Bob Broman, winemaker

  • 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 395 cases
  • 2013 Napa Valley "Proprietary Red Wine" - 421 cases

CADE Estate Winery; Danielle Cyrot, winemaker

  • 2015 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 4,500 cases
  • 2013 Howell Mountain Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 6,500 cases

Cain Vineyard and Winery; Christopher Howell, winemaker

  • 2012 Spring Mountain District Estate "Cain Five" - 4,900 cases

Cakebread Cellars; Julianne Laks, winemaker

  • 2013 Suscol Springs Vineyard, Napa Valley “Guajolote”– 1,000 cases
  • 2013 Napa Valley Estate “Vaca” – 1,000 cases

Casa Nuestra Vineyards and Winery; Darren Chertkoff, winemaker

  • 2015 Saint Helena Chenin Blanc - 175 cases                                                    Darren Chertkoff, winemaker
  • 1989 Saint Helena Estate Chenin Blanc - the last of about 175 cases            Eugene Kirkham, winemaker

Chase Cellars; Joel Aiken and Russell Bevan, winemakers

  • 2013 Barberis Vineyard, Calistoga Petite Sirah - 265 cases
  • 2013 Hayne Vineyard, Saint Helena Zinfandel - 241 cases

Crocker & Starr; Pam Starr, winemaker

  • 2015 Crocker Estate and Las Trancas Vineyard Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 1,200 cases
  • 2013 Crocker Estate, Saint Helena Cabernet Sauvignon - 649 cases

Dos Lagos Vineyards; Robert Foley, winemaker

  • 2013 Atlas Peak Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 300 cases
  • 2012 Atlas Peak Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 300 cases

El Molino; Lily and Jon Berlin, winemakers

  • 2014 Rutherford Chardonnay - 800 cases
  • 2013 Rutherford Pinot Noir - 803 cases

Green & Red Vineyard; Jay Heminway, winemaker

  • 2013 Chiles Mill Vineyard, Chiles Valley Zinfandel - 1,100 cases
  • 2013 Tip Top Vineyard, Chiles Valley Zinfandel - 740 cases

Grgich Hills Estate; Ivo Jeramaz, winemaker

  • 2013 Miljenko's Selection Los Carneros Chardonnay - 1,265 cases
  • 2012 Yountville Old Vine Cabernet Sauvignon - 1,448 cases

Groth Vineyards & Winery; Michael Weis and Cameron Parry, winemakers

  • 2014 Hillview Vineyard, Napa Valley Chardonnay - 6,800 cases              Michael Weis and Cameron Parry, winemakers
  • 2012 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon - 3,200 cases                                          Michael Weis, winemaker

Hagafen Cellars; Ernie Weir, winemaker

  • 2014 Rancho Wieruszowski, Coombsville Dry White Riesling - 400 cases
  • 2013 Coombsville Cabernet Franc - 400 cases

Handwritten Wines; Rob Lloyd, winemaker

  • 2012 Los Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon - 350 cases
  • 2012 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 400 cases

Heibel Ranch Vineyards; Trent Ghiringhelli, winemaker

  • 2012 Napa Valley "Lappa's" - 217 cases
  • 2009 Napa Valley "Lappa's" - 266 cases

Hendry Winery; George Hendry, winemaker

  • 2013 Napa Valley Estate Barrel Fermented Chardonnay - 905 cases
  • 2012 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 950 cases

Herb Lamb Vineyard; Michael Trujillo, winemaker

  • 2015 Mello Vineyard, Yountville Sauvignon Blanc – 345 cases
  • 2013 Herb Lamb Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 425 cases

Holman Cellars; Jason Holman, winemaker

  • 2013 Coombsville Uncharted Merlot - 58 cases
  • 2013 Coombsville Uncharted Petit Verdot - 50 cases

Hudson Wines; Christopher Vandendriessche, winemaker

  • 2013 Los Carneros Estate Chardonnay - 950 cases
  • 2013 Los Carneros Estate Syrah - 150 cases
  • 2012 Los Carneros Estate "Old Master" - 300 cases

Hyde & Sons; Peter Hyde, winemaker

  • 2013 Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard, Carneros Chardonnay – 150 cases
  • 2012 Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard, Carneros Pinot Noir – 600 cases

Joseph Carr; Aaron Pott, winemaker

  • 2012 Rutherford Merlot - 96 cases
  • 2012 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon - 450 cases

Keenan Winery; Michael Keenan, winemaker

  • 2014 Spring Mountain District Chardonnay - 2,500 cases
  • 2013 Spring Mountain District Cabernet Franc - 1,000 cases 

Kenefick Ranch; Kent Jarman, winemaker

  • 2014 Calistoga Estate "Pickett Road White" - 300 cases
  • 2012 Calistoga Estate Petite Sirah - 200 cases

KrisTodd Vineyards; Brian Brakesman, winemaker

  • 2015 Howell Mountain Rosé Wine - 57 cases
  • 2014 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc - 75 cases
  • 2011 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon - 100 cases

Krupp Brothers; Jay Buoncristiani, winemaker

  • 2013 Napa Valley "The Doctor" - 715 cases                                                                 Jan Krupp, winemaker
  • 2010 Veraison Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 435 cases                                   Tres Goetting and Aaron Pott, winemakers

Long Meadow Ranch; Ashley Heisey, winemaker

  • 2014 Rutherford Estate Sauvignon Blanc – 112 cases 
  • 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 3,196 cases

Louis M. Martini Winery; Michael Eddy, winemaker

  • 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé - 600 cases                           Michael Eddy, winemaker
  • 2010 Napa Valley Meritage - 250 cases                                                                        Michael Martini, winemaker

Mahoney Vineyards; Ken Foster, winemaker

  • 2014 Gavin Vineyard, Los Carneros Chardonnay - 225 cases
  • 2012 Las Brisas Vineyard, Los Carneros Pinot Noir - 250 cases

Markham Vineyards; Kimberlee Nicholls, winemaker

  • 2013 Markham Yountville Estate Merlot - 966 cases

MATERRA I Cunat Family Vineyards; Bruce Regalia and Michael Trujillo, winemakers

  • 2014 Oak Knoll District Estate Chardonnay - 417 cases
  • 2011 Oak Knoll District Estate "Right Bank Reserve" - 1,000 cases

Mayacamas Vineyards; Andy Erickson, winemaker

  • 2014 Mount Veeder Chardonnay - 2,000 cases
  • 2012 Mount Veeder Merlot - 500 cases

McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery; Bob Mueller, winemaker

  • 2002 Oak Knoll District and Los Carneros Cabernet Franc - 350 cases
  • 2001 Oak Knoll District and Los Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon - 600 cases

Mira; Gustavo A. Gonzalez, winemaker

  • 2012 Hyde Vineyard, Los Carneros Chardonnay - 275 cases
  • 2012 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon - 644 cases

Monticello Vineyards; Chris Corley, winemaker

  • NV Oak Knoll District Sparkling Wine – 200 cases
  • 2013 Block II, Clone 777 Oak Knoll District Pinot Noir – 200 cases

Palmaz Vineyards, Tina Mitchell, winemaker

  • 2014 Napa Valley "Louise" Riesling - 633 cases
  • 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2,783 cases

Paratus Vineyards; Massimo Monticelli, winemaker

  • 2012 Mount Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 500 cases
  • 2012 Mount Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 75 cases

PEJU PROVINCE WINERY; Sara Fowler, winemaker

  • 2015 Napa Valley Rosé - 600 cases
  • 2013 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 649 cases

Perliss Estate; Aaron Pott, winemaker

  • 2014 The Serpents, Knights Valley Semillon - 100 cases
  • 2012 The Ravens, Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon - 300 cases

Pride Mountain Vineyards; Sally Johnson, winemaker

  • 2013 Napa/Sonoma Merlot - 5,377 cases
  • 2013 Napa/Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon - 5,728 cases

Prime Solum; Patrick Mahaney, winemaker

  • 2012 Brokenrock Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Franc - 50 cases
  • 2012 Brokenrock Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 250 cases

Punch Vineyards; Miguel Cartachea, winemaker

  • 2013 "Proof of the Pudding" Los Carneros Chardonnay - 200 cases

Quixote Winery; Aaron Pott, winemaker

  • 2012 Stags Leap District Estate Petite Sirah - 1,274 cases
  • 2012 Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 572 cases

Rocca Family Vineyards; Paul Colantuoni, winemaker

  • 2013 Grigsby Vineyard, Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon – 970 cases
  • 2013 Collinetta Vineyard, Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon – 389 cases

Saddleback Cellars; Nils Venge, winemaker

  • 2014 Oakville Estate Pinot Blanc  - 142 cases
  • 2014 Oakville Merlot - 386 cases

Schramsberg Vineyards and Davies Vineyards; Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies winemakers

  • J Davies 2012 Diamond Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 2,500 cases
  • Schramsberg 2011 Napa Valley "Querencia" - 1,198 cases

Schweiger Vineyards; Andrew Schweiger, winemaker

  • 2013 Spring Mountain District Estate Chardonnay - 800 cases
  • 2010 Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 2,088 cases

Signorello Estate; Ray Signorello, winemaker

  • 2013 FUSE Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2,000 cases

Silverado Vineyards; Jon Emmerich, winemaker

  • 2013 Stags Leap District SOLO Cabernet Sauvignon - 2,467 cases
  • 2013 Coombsville GEO Cabernet Sauvignon - 2,200 cases

Snowden Vineyards; Diana Seysses, winemaker

  • 2015 Ward Eisan Vineyard, Napa Valley Rose of Malbec – 198 cases
  • 2013 Brothers Vineyard, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – 700 cases

Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery; Aron Weinkauf, winemaker

  • 2013 Lyndenhurst, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 2,126 cases
  • 2013 Saint Helena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 4,079 cases

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery; Michael Scholz, winemaker

  • 2015 Dollarhide Vineyard, Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc - 2,256 cases
  • 2012 Rutherford Estate Merlot - 2,202 cases

Stags Leap Winery; Christophe Paubert, winemaker

  • 2015 Napa Valley Viognier - 3,834 cases
  • 2012 "The Leap" Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 4,963 cases

Stony Hill Vineyard; Mike Chelini, winemaker

  • 2009 Spring Mountain District Estate Chardonnay - 2,500 cases
  • 2012 Spring Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 430 cases

Stormy Weather Wines; Cameron Woodbridge, winemaker

  • 2013 Wolf's Head Oak Knoll District Cabernet Sauvignon - 485 cases
  • 2012 Stormy Weather Saint Helena Cabernet Sauvignon - 689 cases

Storybook Mountain Vineyards; Dr. J. Bernard Seps, winemaker

  • 2014 Eastern Exposures  Napa Valley Estate Zinfandel - 388 cases
  • 2012 Mayacamas Range Napa Valley Estate Zinfandel - 3,021 cases

Sullivan Vineyards; Jeff Cole, winemaker

  • 2015 Rutherford Estate Chardonnay - 183 cases
  • 2013 Rutherford Estate Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon - 128 cases

Summers Estate Wines; Ignacio Blancas, winemaker

  • 2013 Villa Adriana Vineyard, Calistoga Charbono - 1,000 cases
  • 2013 Villa Adriana Vineyard, Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon - 850 cases

Terra Valentine; Sam Baxter, winemaker

  • 2010 Wurtele Vineyard, Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon - 174 cases
  • 2006 Wurtele Vineyard, Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon - 111 cases

The GRADE Cellars; Thomas Rivers Brown, winemaker

  • 2014 Calistoga Sauvignon Blanc - 380 cases
  • 2013 Winfield Vineyard, Calistoga Cabernet Sauvignon - 395 cases

Trinchero Napa Valley; Mario Monticelli, winemaker

  • 2012 Napa Valley "Forte" - 1,344 cases
  • 2012 BRV Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 3,814 cases

Truchard Vineyards; Sal De Ianni, winemaker

  • 2015 Los Carneros Estate Roussanne - 1,200 cases
  • 2012 Cabernet Franc - 428 cases

Turley Wine Cellars; Tegan Passalacqua, winemaker

  • 2013 Library Vineyard, Napa Valley Petite Syrah - 400 cases
  • 2014 Napa Valley Estate Zinfandel - 1,400 cases

V. Sattui Winery; Brooks Painter, winemaker

  • 2014 Los Carneros Chardonnay - 1,100 cases
  • 2013 Morisoli Vineyard, Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon - 1,053 cases

Vineyard {511}; Rob Lloyd, winemaker

  • 2012 Diamond Mountain District Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 120 cases
  • 2009 Diamond Mountain District Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon – 160 cases

VinRoc; Michael Parmenter, winemaker

  • 2012 Napa Valley "RTW" - 325 cases
  • 2012 Atlas Peak Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 250 cases

von Strasser; Rudy von Strasser, winemaker

  • 2012 Diamond Mountain District Estate Cabernet Sauvignon - 500 cases
  • 2012 Sori Bricco Vineyard, Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon - 350 cases

White Rock Vineyards; Christopher Vandendriessche, winemaker

  • 2014 Napa Valley Chardonnay - 923 cases
  • 2013 Napa Valley Claret - 673 cases

William Hill Estate Winery; Mark Williams, winemaker

  • 2011 Napa Valley Estate Unfiltered Chardonnay - 200 cases
  • 2010 Napa Valley Estate Bench Blend Cabernet Franc - 230 cases

ZD Wines; Chris Pisani, winemaker

  • 2014 Los Carneros Reserve Chardonnay - 600 cases
  • 2014 Los Carneros Founder's Reserve Pinot Noir - 700 cases