Miner Family Winery
Facing west on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley's renowned Oakville appellation, Miner Family Vineyards exemplifies the vision of a new guard of Napa vintners. Winemaker Gary Brookman uses a combination of old world winemaking techniques and modern technology to make wines that reflect the pure clarity of the varietal while capturing the essence of the vineyard. Maintaining complete farming control, Miner artfully crafts wines of powerful elegance. http://minerwines.com/
Appellations: Napa Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands, Mendocino
Accolades: Sante Magazine: Emily’s Cab 2013, Gold. NY International Wine Competition: Napa Valley Chard 2014 Gold.
The expressive and distinctive wines of Peter Franus showcase the distinct terroirs of Howell Mountain, Rutherford, Mount Veeder, and Lake County. Winemaker Peter Franus is guided by his love of wines that have richness, complexity, and harmony. He relies on intuition, experience and a minimalist approach to make wines that invite you back to discover something new with each taste. http://www.peterfranus.com/
Appellations: Napa Valley, Lake Country
Accolades: 2013 ratings: Cab 93 pts (Vinous), Napa Red 93 pts (Wine Spectator), Brandlin Zin 92 pts (James Suckling).
High in the eastern Napa Valley mountains, Somerston produces single vineyard estate grown wine from 225 sustainably farmed acres. Winemaker and viticulturist, Craig Becker, draws on rich, diverse vineyard sources that feature a variety of elevations, exposures, soils and microclimates. He takes a minimalist approach to winemaking, encouraging the highest expression of personality, intensity and distinction in each varietal. http://www.somerstonwineco.com/
Appellations: Napa Valley: Somerston Estate & Priest Ranch brands. Napa, Santa Maria & more: High Flyer brand.
Accolades: Robert Parker ratings for 2013: Somerston Cab 95+, Somerston Stornaway 93 pts, Priest Ranch Coach Gun 92 pts.
C.G. Di Arie
High in the Sierra Foothills, C.G. Di Arie produces spectacular estate grown wine from the oldest living Zinfandel vineyards in America: over 140 years old. Chaim Gur-Arieh, Proprietor and Winemaker, likes to make wines that are elegant and have good balance. His style of wine has forward fruit that carries to the mid-palate and a long sustained finish. Chaim uses oak to enhance the varietal identity of the wine and not mask it. http://www.cgdiarie.com/
Appellations: Sierra Foothills, Shenandoah Valley, Lodi.
Accolades: San Francisco Wine Competition ratings: Cab 2011 Double Gold, Interlude 2010 Silver, Petite Sirah 2010 Silver.