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Napa Wine Company

Napa Wine Company Guiseppe & Mary Pelissa immigrated to the United States in the late 1800's from Italy. "Joe," as he was called, lived off of several crops, grapes among them, farming the area north of present day St. Helena called Flynnville. His son, Andrew, was only 13 years old when Joe died. Andrew married Veola Hale in 1933, and they had nothing more than two cows between them. They leased the original farmland where they grew their dairy, tomatoes & beans, but eventually built their land holding to roughly 1,000 acres in Yountville and Oakville. The down payment for the ranch was provided by a $10,000 savings that Veola had managed to squirrel away from her "allowance" for feeding the ranch hands during the Depression. After years of dairy farming and raising cattle, they planted nearly 500 acres of wine grapes in the late 1950's and early 1960's. The plan for the vineyard planting was done by then Napa Valley wine expert, Brother Timothy of the Christian Brothers. Popular grape varieties at the time were Sylvaner, Gray Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Andrew Pelissa's farming philosophy, which still guides the company, was: "No one owns the land. We are all merely stewards of the soil." Pelissa farmed all of the vineyards organically, which is still the case, making the vineyards the largest certified organic vineyard in Napa County. Andrew served on the Napa Valley Planning Commission for 18 years and was the commissioner during the development of the Napa Valley's landmark "agricultural preserve." Current managing director, Andrew Hoxsey, grandson of Andrew Pelissa, became formally involved in the family business after graduating from the University of California at Davis. The two worked together to acquire the Napa Wine Company, a project that began in 1989 and culminated in 1993, but not before Pelissa died in 1991. With the purchase of the Napa Wine Company, one of the most historic winemaking facilities in the Napa Valley, the Pelissa Family now had a "home" for its grapes.

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7830-40 St. Helena Highway, Oakville, CA, US, 94562 Email: tastingroom@napawineco.com
Phone: 800-848-9630 Web: www.napawineco.com
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  Napa Wine Company, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Keeping to this philosophy, the 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon received French oak barrel aging to provide the wine with a rich, supple mouth feel and a hint of toastiness. The wine delivers concentrated fruit providing layer after layer of intense fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry with a blending of a caramel essence and a beautiful spice intensity.
  Napa Wine Company, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Keeping to this philosophy, the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon received French oak barrel aging to provide the wine with a rich, supple mouth feel and a hint of toastiness. The wine delivers concentrated fruit providing layer after layer of intense fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry with a blending of a caramel essence and a beautiful spice intensity.
  Napa Wine Company, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Keeping to this philosophy, the 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon received French oak barrel aging to provide the wine with a rich, supple mouth feel and a hint of toastiness. The wine delivers concentrated fruit providing layer after layer of intense fruit flavors of blackberry and black cherry with a blending of a caramel essence and a beautiful spice intensity.
  Napa Wine Company, Pelissa Cabernet Sauvignon
Andrew Hoxsey, Managing Partner of Napa Wine Company has dipped into his private cellar to produce a extremely limited production of 2000 Pelissa Cabernet Sauvignon. Only one barrel was made. The grapes used were designated for the Georges De Latour Reserve Wines produced by Beaulieu. There are only 13 cases left of this this Single Vineyard, 100% Oakville Estate Cabernet. Truly an outstanding single vineyard representation of what an Oakville Cab can be like! We, opened a bottle June 14th, before noon with fresh palates. We started in the glass but realized it needed to be decanted. Here is what we found. Earthiness, black cherry, coffee and a hint of fennel. As the wine opened up we noted a slight herbaciousness of tarragon with dark chocolate, raspberry aromas and a very light licorice essence in the long and silky finish. Drink now through 2012! Truly a complex layered wine!
  Napa Wine Company, Pinot Blanc, Yountville, Napa Valley
Sourced from our own organically grown Yount Mill Vineyards, this wine delivers layer after layer of intriguing fruit nuances. The nose provides a combination of ripe pears, figs and honey. The full-bodied mouth reveals green apples with spice and vanilla characters contributed from barrel fermentation and aging.
  Napa Wine Company, Pinot Blanc, Yountville, Napa Valley
Sourced from our own organically grown Yount Mill Vineyards, this wine delivers layer after layer of intriguing fruit nuances. The nose provides a combination of ripe pears, figs and honey. The full-bodied mouth reveals green apples with spice and vanilla characters contributed from barrel fermentation and aging
  Napa Wine Company, Pinot Noir, Yountville, Napa Valley
The Napa Wine Company 2002 Pinot Noir exemplifies our winemaking philosophy - let the vineyard do the talking. "We strive to allow the varietal character of the fruit express itself with minimal guidance". Sourced from our own organically grown Yount Mill Vineyards, this wine delivers layer after layer of intriguing fruit nuances. Beautiful aromas of cherry and spice lead to a soft finish of berries and earth tones. Released in October, 2003
  Napa Wine Company, Pinot Noir, Yountville, Napa Valley
The Napa Wine Company 2003 Pinot Noir exemplifies our winemaking philosophy - let the vineyard do the talking. "We strive to allow the varietal character of the fruit express itself with minimal guidance". Sourced from our own organically grown Yount Mill Vineyards, this wine exhibits bright red cherry notes with a subtle earthiness in the nose. Light nuances of tobacco followed by nice floral essences make this a beautiful, perfumy Pinot Noir. Released in November 2004
  Napa Wine Company, Sauvignon Blanc
The Napa Wine Company 2002 Sauvignon Blanc is organically grown in the Yountville appellation sourced from old vines located in our Anchorage Block Vineyard. The wine shows the true character of Sauvignon Blanc; 85% skin contact contributes to the nose of gooseberry amplifying the Sauvignon Blanc aromas. 15% whole cluster processing and 30% barrel fermentation gives a nice rich texture of fig and lemon. 70% tank fermentation lends to the clean, crisp finish of lemon and grapefruit.
  Napa Wine Company, Sauvignon Blanc, Yountville, Napa Valley
The Napa Wine Company 2003 Sauvignon Blanc is organically grown in the Yountville appellation sourced from old vines located in our Anchorage Block Vineyard. The wine shows the true character of Sauvignon Blanc; 85% skin contact contributes to the nose of gooseberry amplifying the Sauvignon Blanc aromas. 15% whole cluster processing and 30% barrel fermentation gives a nice rich texture of fig and lemon. 70% tank fermentation lends to the clean, crisp finish of lemon and grapefruit.
  Napa Wine Company, Zinfandel, Oakville, Napa Valley
The 2002 vintage is Napa Wine Company’s third release of Zinfandel. The grapes were harvested from the Pelissa Vineyard, organically grown in the heart of the Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation. This wine exhibits all the great qualities that Zinfandel lovers expect, delicate aromas of rose and raspberry that compliment the rich silky texture of cherry and spice. This wine is a beautiful compliment to a pepper crusted leg of lamb or smoked St. Louis style pork ribs, which captures the ripe raspberry and spice flavors of our Zinfandel.
  Napa Wine Company, Zinfandel, Oakville, Napa Valley
The 2003 vintage is Napa Wine Company’s fourth release of Zinfandel. The grapes were harvested from the Pelissa Vineyard, organically grown in the heart of the Napa Valley’s Oakville appellation. This wine exhibits all the great qualities that Zinfandel lovers expect, delicate aromas of rose and raspberry that compliment the rich silky texture of cherry and spice. This wine is a beautiful compliment to a pepper crusted leg of lamb or smoked St. Louis style pork ribs, which captures the ripe raspberry and spice flavors of our Zinfandel.

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