Idella Wines’ Fine Wine Vineyards
Sauvignon Blanc Varietal
Las Cerezas, Yountville, Napa Valley
2012 (Limited Quantities) – Aquire
Located at the southern end of Yountville, just east of Washington Street, the 25-acre Las Cerezas possesses all the attributes we look for in a great Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. It features a “cusp” climate that is warm enough to fully ripen Sauvignon Blanc, but cool enough to retain the crisp natural acidity inherent in the grape. The soils are a mix of gravel, silt and rock that is low in nutrients and well suited to Sauvignon Blanc. The unique terroir creates aromatics that are redolent of melons and dried herbs and flavors that are rich, concentrated and structured.
Pinot Noir Varietal
Sonoma Stage, Sonoma Coast
2013 (Limited Availability – Allocation – 6 bottles) – Acquire
Sonoma Stage Vineyard is located in the burgeoning wine territory between Petaluma and Carneros at the southern end of the Sonoma Coast AVA known as the Petaluma Gap. Planted in 1999 to the Calera and Swan clones by the Hyde family, Pinot Noir from this site showcase the quintessential characteristics you love. Cool temperatures, nutrient poor soils and relentless winds off of both the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay ensure that the vines struggle throughout the growing season. This struggle produces yields rarely above two tons per acre. The Pinots from Sonoma Stage are best described as bold and weighty with nicely integrated tannins.
Premiere Coastal, Santa Maria Valley
2010 Bronze Medal Winner – SF Int’l Wine Competition
(Limited Availability – Allocation 3 bottles) – Acquire
Premiere Coastal Vineyard sits in the cooler northern section of Santa Barbara County. Here, the east-west orientation of California’s coastal range brings cooling morning fog and ocean breezes, which give way to warm afternoon sun. The sandy soils provide excellent drainage and limit vigor – the trick to producing small berries. Premiere Coastal is our only vineyard featuring the “Syrah Noir” clone – a loose-clustered grape that tends to produce ink-black wines. Working closely with vineyard manager, Kevin Merrill, we have selected a small block, farmed with an extremely high level of attention. Kevin, who lives on the property, promotes sustainable viticulture and also oversees management of nearby White Hawk Vineyard. The wines exhibit the same core of acidity balanced by meat and blackberries flavors found at White Hawk.
White Hawk, Santa Barbara County
2013 (Current Release) – Acquire
White Hawk Vineyard sits on the southern facing slope of Cat Canyon some 21miles from the Pacific and 2 miles north of Los Alamos. The marine influence causes early morning fog that envelopes the site before giving way to bright, warm sun. It’s planted at an elevation of almost 900 feet on ancient pure sand dunes, immediately draining off water and nutrients which forces the vines to work extra-hard to survive (this sounds cruel, but it’s a good thing). White Hawk is custom-farmed using sustainable and primarily organic viticulture methods. The yields here are miniscule and the berries intense and slow to ripen.
Cabernet Sauvignon Varietal
Rafael Vineyards, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
Rafael Vineyard is a sloping hillside property in Oak Knoll. Being in the southern part of the valley, the temperatures are moderated by the weather patterns coming off San Pablo Bay. These cooling breezes and morning fogs help the grapes retain assertive acids that warmer growing spots can’t match. The vines at Rafael are planted in porous sands and gravel, which forces the roots to work deep into the ground in search of water. This natural devigoration helps produce smaller berries with balanced concentrations of tannins and acidity.
Broken Rock, Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
2012 (Current Release)
This is one of our favorite places in Napa–just up the road from Soda Canyon, laying at the base of Atlas Peak on the eastern ridge of the valley. Fruit from this area get the best of both worlds – hillside structure and rich valley floor flavor. Western exposure provides afternoon sun for the 2,000 vines planted per acre (talk about dense!) in extremely low fertility soil. Broken Rock is owned by elite vineyard designer & operator Bill Hill and farmed by Patrick Mahaney – collectively they represent over 70 years of viticulture experience and the fields they develop are consistently found in the WS Top 100 year after year.
G3 (Georges III), Rutherford, Napa Valley
2014 (Releasing March ’18)
One of the most historic and sought after properties in the world–G3, as we call it, was originally owned and planted by Mrs. Thomas Rutherford in 1895. Georges de Latour, founder of Beaulieu, purchased the site in 1928 and it became the home to BV’s Rutherford Cabernets made by elite winemaker, Andre Tchelistcheff, throughout the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. The site was then purchased by Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1988. Andy, Dave and team have replanted using modern clones, trellising and spacing to yield optimum quality. Wines from this field consistently score in the high ‘90’s, year over year, and aside from that – they are just plain fantastic.