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Camellia Cellars

Camellia Cellars Chris Lewand, with her father Ray Lewand and partner Bruce Snyder, form a unique wine producing team. While they have individual divisions of responsibility, each of them contributes to all aspects of running a small premium winery. Managing partner Chris Lewand coordinates all the business activities while leading the public relations efforts and making tasting and blending decisions with Ray and Bruce. Bruce Snyder oversees production but relishes the opportunity to put on clean clothes and show the wines anywhere he can. Ray leads the occasional special tastings for guests of the family's bed and breakfast, the Camellia Inn in Healdsburg, and helps around with whatever the activity of the day happens to be. The result is small lots of premium wines. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, and their proprietary blend have received awards and glowing reviews. The Camellia Cellars line of premium wines reflects their hard work and distinctive food-friendly style. They have, through the years, made wine from nearly every Sonoma appellation. While currently working with three lovely small vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, the search for the "right grapes in the right spot" never ceases.


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  Cabernet Sauvignon
This classicly structured cabernet has dark fruit flavors mended with mocha and frenck oak vanilla. Solid, but pleasand tannins give way to appropriate acidity and an extended finish
  Cabernet Sauvignon
Another beauty from the Lencioni vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. Bruce has done a spectacular job with the grapes and the resulting wine is one of our best yet. Enjoy!
  Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine casts aromas and flavors of blackberry, cassis, and lightly toasted oak. As is typical of the vineyard, all are complimented by hints of brush and chocolate. The tannins are well integrated and compliment the intense fruit. Nicely balanced, it finishes long and clean with flavors of berry and a touch of vanilla. Serve with bleu cheese, steaks and roasts, or chocolate desserts. Aging potential: 8-10 years.
  Cuvee de Rose Mendocino County
This has rose has a darker, fuller flavor and softer finish than other pink wines. This Zinfandel Carignane blend of grapes came into the winery late in the season. We pushed and pulled and beat on it with a hammer to make this rose. From these labors came this refreshing wine with exotic flavors and enticing mouth feel. See you poolside.
  Diamo Grazie
This wine is rich and opulent with velvety mid-palete tanins that contribute to a full and satisfiying mouthfeel. The cranberry and plum fruit tones are a dynamic match with turkey and wild game. Destined to be a classic Thanksgiving wine! This wine is avaliable in the tasting room and will be included in our fall wine club shipment.
  Diamo Grazie
The 2001 Diamo Grazie is a, lush, fruit-forward and racy, wine which opens with a nose of black cherry, mulberry and bramble. Bright fruit flavors, velvety tannins and substantail body linger long on the palate. The toasted oak is well integrated,but does not blanket fruit intesity. The 2001 growing season benefited from consistently warm and dry weather. Heat spikes in August pushed sugars and prompted an early harvest. However, the year’s quick start enabled grapes to remain on the vines long enough to develop full flavors and mature tannins.
  Petite Sirah
We only made a 100 cases of this wine from grapes grown by our friend Doug Rafanelli. The vineyards lie on the western bench of the Dry Creek Valley where the ripening is slow and gradual enabling us to make a superb wine. Our Petite Sirah is a wine of great structure and powerful flavor, yet balanced with smooth tannins and a long finish. A must for Petite Sirah lovers! Tastes great now and for at least five years to come. Don’t wait to get this because it will be sold out soon.
  Rosato di Sangiovese
Only 33 Cases still available!Always a seasonal tasting room favorite, this very small production is our complement to dining on warm summer eves. Lively fruit and melon flavors are accentuated with a brightness and full mouth feel. Our Rosato is great with salads, toasted sandwiches and shrimp dishes. This is THE perfect picnic wine.
This elegant wine reveals a huge bouquest of cherry and rasberry syrup with a touch of lemon drop. Waves of fruit phenols roll over the tounge to embellish the enjoyment. The tannins are light while the acidity is firm. Quite substantial upfront, the mouthfeel is thick and slow moving like an Italian opera. A lengthy finish of deep fruit and subtle smoke complements food without overpowering it. Try it with grilled chicked or pork and mango peach salsa. Aging potential: 7-9 years.
Awarded Gold Medal Best of Class at the 2004 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This wine is exceptionally dark, with rich cherry and delicate boysenberry aromas that lead to full flavors of raspberry and black cherry, framed by chewy tannins and firm acidity. Highly extracated and well balanced, finishing with toasted oak, berries and hints of vanilla.
Winner of the Gold Medal at the 2003 San Francisco California Wine Competition, our 2001 Sangiovese is our most complex to date. Decomposed granite instead of true top soil provides an austere medium that stresses the vine while holding back the grapes’ strident qualities. The result is a bright fruit with intense flavors. According to winemaker Bruce Snyder, the Camellia Cellars 2001 Sangiovese is “extremely powerful and well balanced. It opens with cherry aromas and fruit-forward undertones, highlighted by layers of intense fruit, firm tannins, and acidity, finishing long and clean.” This wine has the potential for aging 7 to 10 years. No wonder they liked it in the big city across the Golden Gate!
Distinct, bold aromas of black cherry and mulberry make way for layers of viscous fruit, beckoning tannis and well-balanced acidity. The ripe berry flavors, full mouthfeel and lingering finish are delightful with spicy oriental, slowcooked or grilled meats inviting you to taste the wine again and again. Againg potential: five to seven years.
This wine is currently the best seller in the tasting room. It has seductive scents of dark fruit, vanilla, briar and cigar smoke are followed by flavorsof raspberry amd spice. The blend of tight-grained oak from Virginia and Wisconsin contributes a full, rounded mouthfell and refined toasty characteristics. This wine has an aging potential of five to seven years. The 2002 growing season created thick-skinned fruit that lends itself to easily extractable, dark wines with great intenstiy, agreeable tannins and essential acidity.
The wine critics at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper are just as snooty as they are in the Big Apple and San Francisco, so we were ecstatic to learn they had chosen our 2001 Zinfandel for the PD¡¦s Wine of the Week (May 21, 2003). The grapes are from Lencioni Vineyard, which is in the center of Dry Creek Valley¡¦s much acclaimed ¡§Zinful Triangle.¡¨ The 2001 growing season produced sensational ¡§Zin¡¨ weather. A relatively dry and warm spring led to early bud break, and even though the grapes finished early with skyrocketing August heat, the quick start meant the grapes were on the vine with plenty of time to develop full-blown flavors and mature tannins. Bruce extols this remarkable Zinfandel as ¡§youthful in force, yet displaying the restraint of maturing vines, this wine has integrated tannins, a medium body, and long fruity finish.¡¨ The potential for aging is three to five years. One sip and it might be your favorite wine for the entire summer!


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