Named “Affordable Napa Valley” by Food and Wine
Winery: Begun in 1978, Dave Dickson’s home-winery beat all the major commercial brands to win Best of Show at the 1983 Napa County Fair. A few decades later his eldest son, the winery was renamed after his two sons Andrew and Lane, and with Drew as winemaker, became a licensed, commercial winery, drawing attention with features in the Wall Street Journal, Napa Valley Wine Library Association, Food & Wine, Culinary Trends and Gourmet Magazine. Typical of Napa wineries in the 1970s, they made wines now considered unusual, including Napa Gamay, French Colombard, Carignan and Petaserra. Their first commercially available Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 2004.
Vineyards: Under Drew’s operation and winemaking, the winery began partnering with long-time friends who are growers in Napa Valley. Today they source Cabernet, Merlot and Old Italian-American varietals from Rutherford, St. Helena, East Oakville and Howell Mountain. All grapes are family farmed with bare-hands by those living on the vineyard personally. The grapes are picked in multiple passes whenever possible to achieve variation in acid and greater flavor range.
Winemaking: Second generation winemaker Andrew Dickson learned everything from his father. Early, commercial production focused on Napa Gamay Nouveau and Cru Gamay wines using varying degrees of carbonic maceration and whole cluster fermentation. The success of these wines and an old Italian field blend soon attracted top growers and in 2004 the winery began working fruit from Rutherford, Saint Helena and Howell Mountain. Today the focus is Bordeaux varietals from Napa Valley and surrounding areas which offer more affordability. Farming techniques and vineyard analysis learned in Napa is now performed on a very high level all over Northern California, resulting in superb quality wines from exciting new locations – which is especially fortunate given the present day radical upward shift in Napa Valley fruit pricing.
Ask Your Sales Rep for a Library List of limited quantities of wines stored remotely and survived the Glass Fire.
Andrew Lane “Barrel-Select” Red Blend 2012, Napa Valley
Winemaker Notes: “Rich black currant and cassis flavors, dried cherry and chocolate finish soft and long. A touch of violet character adds distinction with some tawny beginning to develop.” The very best barrels of 2012 were blended to make this Reserve Selection, aged 4 years in just over 1/3 new American and 20% used French oak. The blend is 72% Merlot from Atlas Peak, 10% Rutherford Cabernet, 12% Howell Mountain Petite Verdot and 6% Field Blend. 400 cases made
Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Lake County
Winemaker Notes: “Enticing aromas of black berries and currants with a hint of anise and toasty elements to entertain the senses. Smooth and supple tannins coat the entire palette to elevate the enjoyment of this wine. Deep red color, smooth and lush wine that is both rich and balanced.” Grown on volcanic soil and made with roughly 50% new oak. 400 cases.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, Napa Valley Library Release
60% from the Chaix Ranch in the west Rutherford Bench it expresses classic “Rutherford Dust” terroir and the cool climate styling of the 2011 vintage. Winemaker Notes: “The 2011 Napa Cabernet is from a cold summer and is much more Bordeaux styled, allowing it to have aged well. 15% Battuelo Vineyard Cabernet from St. Helena, with 25% Merlot from Las Amigas vineyard in Napa Valley.” Made with no new oak, 30% once-used oak, 70% neutral oak. Sadly, only 8 cases remain.
Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Napa Valley Nearly Out!
94 Points, Robert Whitley, 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition: “Dense and powerful, firmly structured, and rich, with dark-fruited aromas that linger with persistence through the finish.” Winemaker: “It expresses the Rutherford appellation terroir with lush, brambly blackberry, cassis and ripe black cherry, cocoa, loamy earth and cedar. Well-integrated oak spice from 30 months in 50% new French oak give the wine both approachability and age-ability.” 6% Franc, 9% Merlot. 466 cases.