V. Sattui Winery in the Napa Valley

brooksBrooks Painter, winemaker

… so recently I received three wines from V. Sattui Winery, a family owned winery dedicated to making handcrafted wines in small lots. As is the current trend, the wines are only sold at the winery or direct shipped. This is a practice that makes sense in our competitive market, and rather smart for the winery which farms 230 acres of estate vineyards throughout the North Coast, primarily in Napa Valley and produces 43 wines.

My favorite was the 2007 Vittorio’s vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. Usually I taste blind, and now I’m sorry that I didn’t because the sense of Napa terroir is so strong here it could have been an easy win. It was fermented in stainless steel and aged in barrel (half new French oak, half seasoned French oak). Very good quality, 931 cases. Typical aromas of cocoa and dusty earth with raspberry and sweet oak.

I also liked the 2008 Pinot Noir, which was sourced from the Henry Ranch in Carneros. It was fermented in stainless steel and aged for 10 months in barrel (50% New French Oak). Very concentrated fruit. The 2008 White Riesling was aromatic and well balanced, fermented slowly at low temperatures. It was named "Best Riesling in California" for the past two years, as well as winning two gold medals – California State Fair / Best of Appellation, Winemaker Challenge.

Brooks Painter had many positions at prestigious wineries in the past, and is a member/past President of the Napa Valley Wine Club Technical Group.  If you go to the winery’s web site, you can see it’s a gorgeous place where guests can picnic on their lawns underneath 200 year old trees. You can also buy delicious items at the winery’s in-house Italian Marketplace as they have their own in-house chef, Gerardo Sainato.

I hope to visit around the harvest, so maybe I will see you there.

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