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Aetna Springs Cellars

Aetna Springs Cellars The family owned and operated AETNA SPRINGS CELLARS is a small vineyard/winery run by the extended Kimsey-Watson families. Three generations work together to make it a success. During the busiest times of the year, it is not unusual to see 13-year-old Caroline operating a foil machine alongside her 83-year-old grandfather, Jim. We produce ultra-premium wine in small quantities to delight those in search of rare and unique fine wines. Our Chardonnay and Merlot grapes come from the vineyard owned by the grandparents, Jim and Margaret Ann Watson. Their vineyard is located in the historic "Rutherford" appellation district in the heart of the beautiful Napa Valley. Grapes from their 'Hoatzin' [pronounced Watson], Vineyard had 10 years renown for producing award winning wines before AETNA SPRINGS CELLARS began in the late 1980's. Sally Kimsey, who practices veterinary medicine as 'Sally the Valley Vet,' is the Watsons's daughter. Her husband, Paul, a micro-biologist, is our winemaker, with strong support from his brother, Rob, who is a medical entomologist, and his sister-in-law, Lynne, a systematist, both at U. C. Davis. This team of wine connoisseur-scientists grows Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes on our Aetna Springs ranch, and, under the AETNA SPRINGS CELLARS label, produces wines of exceptional quality and value.


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7227 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley, CA, US, 94567 Email:
Phone: 707-965-2675 Web:
Fax: 707-965-0618
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  1997 Pit Viper Vino
We have added to our varietals a specially blended Aetna Springs cuvee named for the bathtub full of rattlesnakes which the Pope Valley Garage keeps for the edification of young reptile-aficionados! This wonderfully complex, smooth, drinkable red table wine is coming to replace the 'just a glass of white wine, please' requests of all those who have tasted it....'the perfect picnic wine,' and, as you can see below, a great bargain.
Golden, full-bodied, with a rich supple and elegant intense chardonnay varietal character, smooth and buttery, with hints of toasty oak and nutmeg spice. Chardonnay grape yields are small and require special care in the wine-makig process to produce a fine, long-lived wine. Such care is reflected in the lovely balance of fruit, oak and acidity.
  Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavors of plum, with layers of blackberry, licorice, cherries, and casis. Soft tannins yield to rich flavors in this blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, and 8% Cabernet Franc, all grapes from our own Aetna Springs ranch vineyards. The end product is our deep, rich, full-bodied estate-bottled Cab that will age beautifully. Nov 4, 2001 San Francisco Chronicle The Chronicle's Top 100 Wines for 2001: "Aetna Springs 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep cherry and spice nose: rich velvety black fruit flavors, chocolate note, long, complex finish."
a textbook Merlot....deep ruby-colored wine with a spicy nose....scents cherries, boysenberries, currant and plum....medium body, excellent richness, fine purity and enough acidity to provide definition....a stylish, flavorful Merlot that can be drunk over the next 5-6 years. This Merlot joins the line of our award winning Merlots: Our 1998 Merlot won a gold medal at the New World International Wine Competition, Feb.2000, silver medal at the Calif. State Fair, June 2000, and most recently, Best of Class [i.e. best of all gold medal Merlot winners in the small wineries competition] at the Yr2000 Los Angeles County Fair


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