- Publish Date: Sep 2, 2009
As it is said, great wines start in the vineyard. Good news for the Piñas, their family has been studying the art and science of vineyard management for nearly 100 years. With “roots” that go deeper into the Napa Valley than most, it should come as no surprise that they make spectacular wines with fruit from their own vineyards as well.
The Piña wines reflect the meticulous care given to the vines by the Piña brothers and winemaker Anna Monticelli, who made her foray into the world of wine at the iconic Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux. For those with a penchant for big, delicious Napa Valley Cabs, Piña’s 2006 Howell Mountain “Buckeye Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon could be dangerous. This wine is deep garnet in color and offers rich dark fruit flavors throughout. Ample fruit gives way to layers of vanilla, toffee, earth and mocha that leave you with a robust, lingering finish.
At $85/bottle this wine probably isn’t going to be your everyday drinker, but it’ll be worth every pretty penny when you open it with friends at dinner or on an idle Saturday night while watching a movie. (“Make Tuesday night special,” is our motto.) It should also be noted that Piña is a wonderful place to visit on your next trip to Napa!
To buy Piña wines or schedule a visit go to pinacellars.com