INNOVATORS OF THE VINE
This month we take time to celebrate the men and women who claimed the great American West and made it their own. These innovators of the vine are pioneers of the American spirit, engineers of craft, and explorers of destiny. Join us in July as you experience their unique inspirations.
Ma(i)sonry • 2011, Ma(i)sonry, Hanson-Hsieh Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, USA
Aaron Pott of Blackbird Vineyards and Pott Wines is seeking the greener pastures of yester-Napa. He has made wine in Bordeaux Château, as well as many other regions throughout the world. He is an intelligent, eccentric winemaker with an impressive storied past working with many awe-inspiring greats of the wine world. Cross paths with Aaron and you might get to indulge in his deliciously crass humor and the haikus he writes for his wines. He journeys with his wit, fueled by the great wine styles once produced in Napa Valley at its peak in the ‘90s, as his guiding star. His wines have a reputation for power and finesse that capture wonder and even create it.
SOMERSTON ESTATE • 2011, Priest Ranch Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, USA
Somerston Wines is where vision becomes reality. Alan Chapman is the principal owner of a burgeoning site in Napa that spans over 1,600 acres, allowing great diversity in what they create. On site, one will notice the sense of place that stems from the Priest Ranch site and the respected heritage of Napa Valley in the Estate wines, symbolically embodied with the sky they place on the Highflyer label. These expressions are crafted and managed by winemaker Craig Becker. Since 2009, Craig has helped launch Somerston Estate into the air of quality, representing the spirit of adventure that has helped make Napa Valley what it is today.