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Today we’re very excited to announce that St. Helena’s Smith-Madrone, Oakville’s Swanson Vineyards and Rutherford’s Piña Napa Valley have all gracefully agreed to share details of their 2009 harvest with us on a weekly basis.
Given the regional variations among these three wineries, not to mention their differing strategies and approaches, we expect to be able to provide a compelling look into this year’s harvest activities in the Napa Valley.
Here’s a super-quick rundown on each of the wineries:
- Smith-Madrone: All wines are made entirely from the winery’s own estate vineyards on steep mountainsides surrounding the winery on top of Spring Mountain in the North-Western Napa Valley. Produces approximately 1,000 cases each of Riesling, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Winemaker: Charles F. Smith III
- Swanson Vineyards: Owns 100 acres along the Oakville Cross Road in Oakville, located adjacent to Opus One and Silver Oak Cellars. Produces approximately 26,000 total cases per year of Merlot (14,000 cases/year), Cabernet Sauvignon (2,000 cases/year), Pinot Grigio (8,000 cases/year) and ‘Salon Selections’ (2,000 cases/year). Winemaker: Chris Phelps
- Piña Napa Valley: Produces single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from predominantly mountain fruit from a total of five vineyards, including Buckeye Vineyard, D’Adamo Vineyard, Firehouse Vineyard, Ames Vineyard and Wolff Vineyard. Winemaker: Anna Monticelli
Stay tuned for updates in the coming days and be sure to check out our Harvest 2009 category for additional coverage.