Here the winemaking process comes to life as you collaborate with the winemaking team on every detail of your wine, from blending to barrel toast. Assisted through each phase of the process, you'll be rewarded on release day with wine that's comparable in quality to Napa Valley's finest.
The Winery Here the winemaking process comes to life as you collaborate with the winemaking team on every detail of your wine, from blending to barrel toast. Assisted through each phase of the process, you'll be rewarded on release day with wine that's comparable in quality to Napa Valley's finest.
The Wine Estate The barns and working buildings that comprise The Reserve feel completely natural in their settings on the estate. From the outside they celebrate the farming heritage of Napa Valley. Step inside, however, and you'll find the traditions of the past wedded with the innovations of today.
Form and function... find a perfect marriage at The Reserve.
Beautiful interior spaces from the barns to the caves are perfectly designed to comfortably support the winemaking craft and the skill that goes into pairing wines artfully with food.
The Caves The barrel aging caves have a unique ambiance, reflecting the quality and the art of winemaking. From December onward, the wine is put into oak barrels to mature. Tour the rows of barrels from myriad producers and you'll come to understand how these masterfully crafted vessels bestow subtle nuances upon the finished wines.
Winter During the winter months we invite you to work with the cellarmaster performing the traditional crafts of topping, barrel sampling and barrel-to-barrel racking. You may also wish to select barrel types and desired toast. Working with a label designer, this is also the ideal time to design a custom label.
Spring After aging and before bottling, you may work closely with the winemaking team to develop your own personal wine blends. Wine is extracted from the barrels and the optimal balance of flavor in the wine is determined. Throughout the barrel aging process, you'll work with our cellarmaster to test the development of your wines in the barrels.
Summer After one to two years in the barrel the final blend is determined and the wine is ready for bottling. During the summer months, the very personal process of naming your wine, designing your label and selecting the size and shape of your bottle becomes real and the wine becomes an expression of you.
Fall September and October -- harvest season -- are months of great activity. Join in as grapes are hand-picked before dawn while they're still cool then gently hand-sorted and put into tanks and barrels.
Under the watchful eye of Winemaker Frederick Ammons, daily activities include following the fermentations, monitoring sugar and temperature levels, performing traditional punch-downs, pump-overs, barrel stirring and barrel rotations.
In the end, the reward is in the bottle.