Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay stand together as the leading varietals produced in California. In 2018 California wineries crushed just over 700,000 tons of Chardonnay grapes and 680,000 tons of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. That is a long way ahead of any other grapes trying to follow up behind; Zinfandel the closest at 400,000 tons and Pinot Noir, just over 300,000.
Why Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are such successes has been the subject of many a commentary. I think the answer is quite simple. These varieties are consistent, and they perform well in a variety of climates. They produce wines of depth, complexity, and interest while expressing their site in many lovely and surprising ways.
They also benefit from beautiful names and market awareness, which is quite recent. Two things happened in the mid 20th century, the market was growing post-WWII, and there was a growing sense of unease about using European region names. Frank Schoonmaker, a leading wine critic at that time, championed varietal labeling, and winemakers took note. They began to name their wines, not by the regions the wines were emulating, but the variety of grapes that produced those wines. These names were virtually unknown in the 1960s, and it must have felt very risky; like an uphill battle. As winemakers began the post WWII planting explosion, they didn’t always know the places that best suited each varietal. Over time and with booms and busts and replants, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay have stood the test, and the numbers show it.
Make sure you have some royalty in your cellar and acquire Red Mare Wines' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Dutton Ranch Chardonnay today.
2015 • Red Mare • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon
"A bright and rich red with blackberries, burnt orange peel and blackcurrants. Full body, chewy tannins and a juicy, delicious finish. Needs three to four years to soften. 93 points" James Suckling
$62.20/bottle for Allocation Club Members
2016 • Red Mare • Dutton Ranch • Russian River • Chardonnay
"This wine has a lovely juxtaposition of warm, dry earth along with cold pineapple and fresh pear. As the wine opens, stewed apples and vanilla cream come through. The wine's entry is all freshness. It fills the mouth with its generous volume, after which the aromatics rise up. It finishes cleanly with lovely acidity and comforting warmth."
$43.20/bottle for Allocation Club Members
Along with many Napa Valley Vintners, we as opening our cellar and finding a few gems to share with our customers. Also, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter where we will be doing regular special pricing events and shipping promotions over the next month.
Have you ever dreamed of owning your own winery in the Napa Valley? Have you thought about tending to your vines in the California sunshine, getting up early to top up your barrels in a cold, damp cellar, popping a cork on a bottle of your own wine, and delighting in the aromas coming from the glass?
Jim Striegel has had a long history with wine and with the Napa Valley. While growing up in Illinois, his father purchased Napa Valley grapes, had them shipped across country, crushed, and fermented them in his basement. Jim grew up smelling the delicious aromas of fermenting wines emanating out of his basement. This began a life long relationship that has born much fruit.
During Anne Vawter’s early years in eastern Washington, she saw the wine industry growing up around her. With a father and uncle who had an appreciation and knowledge of wine, Anne’s interest naturally followed. With an agricultural background, the call of soil, sunshine, and a life producing an artisanal product was heard. This call led Anne to UC Davis, where she would gain the tools to realize her dream.
Jim and Anne’s paths crossed in 2006. A mutual friend introduced them, thinking that their complementary skills might lead to a good blend. In 2007, Anne and Jim began their journey together with the first vintage of Red Mare’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. They made less than 200 cases that first vintage, and while they have stayed small, they have slowly and diligently grown their business to include six beautiful wines that they are proud to stand behind.
Red Mare Wines’ focus is to produce unique wines from specific sites using organic or highly sustainable means. We employ traditional techniques to make wines with balance, age-ability, and grace.
Once a year, to celebrate our beginnings, we taste the past. We dig deep in our cellar and find a small selection of library wines to share with our loyal customers. Purchasing library wines from the winery is always wise as the wines have been aged optimally in our temperature-controlled cellar since bottling. This year, we were particularly fond of our 2010, 2011 and 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. There is a very limited quantity available, so act quickly and enjoy this unique vertical tasting experience.
Red Mare Wines' 2010 • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ml
Red Mare Wines' 2011 • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ml
Red Mare Wines' 2012 • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon - 750ml
3-Pack $200.00 •
Allocation Club Price $180.00
6-Pack $400.00 •
Allocation Club Price $380.00
To our Loyal Customer,
We hope and pray that you are all well, safe and out of harms way. The weather here in the Napa Valley is beautiful and we have the promise of an exceptional spring with which to begin the 2020 vintage. We and our friends and family in California are sheltering in place due to the concerns around COVID 19. Luckily, we are quite used to working from home and necessary winery operations continue without issue.
We hope to bring you a little joy during this crazy time! To that end, we are continuing with our Spring Wine Release AND we are offering a little help on the shipping.
Sharing the wines that we lovingly make with our friends and family is the most satisfying thing that we do. If you happen to use your time at home to make a delicious meal to go with a newly released Red Mare wine, please share a photo with us on Facebook or Instagram to receive a special promo code for your next order.
Thank you for your continued support of Red Mare Wines
2015 Red Mare Wines • Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
From The Wine Advocate
"…the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple
color and opens with fragrant black berries and black cherries
with hints of chocolate box, lavender and dried herbs.
Full-bodied, soft and with good expression, it has loads of black fruit
with earthy notions, finishing with great length."
$61.20/bottle With Your Allocation Membership
2016 Red Mare Wines • Napa Valley • Chardonnay 750ml
From the Winemaker
"This wine has a lovely juxtaposition of warm, dry earth along
with cold pineapple and fresh pear. As the wine opens,
stewed apples and vanilla cream come through. The wine's
entry is all freshness. It fills the mouth with its generous volume,
after which the aromatics rise up. It finishes cleanly with
lovely acidity and comforting warmth."
$36.00/bottle With Your Allocation Membership
2017 Red Mare Wines • Napa Valley • Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
From the Winemaker
"Summer in a glass. This wine leads with sweet Meyer lemon and the
aromas you experience in a warm kitchen herb garden. Pink grapefruit,
kiwi, and lychee round out a tropical center complemented by warm tones
of shortbread, bee propolis, and ginger root…"
$21.60/bottle With Your Allocation Membership
$5.00 shipping when you order 12 bottles. Use Promo Code: SPRING when checking out.
We take an exceptional amount of pride in our Alpha Mare wines. That is because we take an extraordinary amount of care while producing them. With super small production levels, we can scrutinize every detail that goes into these wines. We laboriously barrel-ferment our Alpha Mare Red to intensify color, improve oak integration, and create complexity. We make our Alpha Mare White to age, modeled after the white wines of Bordeaux, this wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc clones and aged an extra year in light-toast barrels for exceptional depth and complexity.
Listen to what Master of Wine and Editor in Chief of The Wine Advocate, Lisa Perotti-Brown has to say about our 2015 Alpha Mare Red:
“Blended of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Malbec, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Alpha Mare is youthful with black and red currants, underbrush and black pepper notes plus wafts of bay leaves and cedar. Full, muscular, firm and chewy in the mouth, it has appealing freshness and an earthy finish. Give it a couple of years in bottle and drink it over the next 15+” 92+ points
This wine has now had a few years stored in our optimal temperature cellar, and now it is ready for you.
If you are in the Dallas Fortworth area, please contact us for preferential shipping options at: Info@RedMareWines.com
#PNV20 is almost here! Premiere Napa Valley wines are the most unique wines made in Napa Valley. They are also some of the very best wines produced anywhere. Innovation is key and that is the hallmark of the Napa Valley wine community. But exactly how and why are these wines so different? The Craftsmanship.
This year, Red Mare Wines will be offering Lot No. 109, 5 Cases of our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon.
To see more about our PNV auction, Click Here
Being allowed to make wine in the Napa Valley is a privilege. It’s a blessing actually, and one that we never forget here in the valley. This year I felt that keenly. Spring rains were consistent but not torrential, providing a fully refreshed soil profile when we started the season, which for a winemaker, typically arrives between the last weeks of March and the beginning of April, punctuated by the annual bud break. The dormant vines that have rested and re-charged during the winter start to feel the warmth of the soil; the sap rises and the buds swell. News of bud break spreads through the valley like a fever and the excitement of a new season begins.
Mother Nature was kind to us during bud break and early shoot growth, with mild temperatures and no significant wind events. It was a mail-order spring. May continued with moderate temperatures and our last dribbles of rain. We had one minor heat spike in June, but July and August were mild, with only one day breaking 100 in the middle of August. This consistent pattern of warm days and cool nights allowed for steady ripening of the grapes through veraison, the process by which the grape clusters change color and build sugar levels. With veraison behind us in early August, we slipped into a very lovey September which only broke 90 on 4 occasions. I picked my first whites on September 3rd. With maturing acid numbers and lovely flavor development, I was able to bring the whites in earlier this year, resulting in lower alcohol and beautiful natural balance. Nighttime temperatures began to dip a little into the 30s in October, with patchy morning frosts heralding the beginning of the end of the season. But temperatures remained kind. Daytime temps were lovely in the mid 80’s most days, even breaking 90 on October 24th, the day I picked my last Red Mare Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. It couldn’t have been a better season. Making wine and living here truly is a blessing.
With the arrival of November, we saw our daytime temps slip into the 60’s and waited in anticipation of the seasonal rains, which we always pray will arrive before the fire season. That was not to be this year, as the Diablo winds and fires roared to life in the north and marched southward. We were fortunate that when the Kincade fire began, all of our wines were safe in the winery, but were very anxious at home as the wall of fire steadily approached and came within 3 miles of our front door. Finally, we with others on the property decided to evacuate, along with 14 horses, three dogs, several barn cats and anything else we could pack into cars and pick-up trucks. With our extended family of people and animals and a few vital belongings, we hunkered down at a horse barn further south in Napa. Cameron slept at the barn at night to make sure the horses were safe. For the rest of November, we prayed for rain and on December 1st, the fire season officially ended with some lovely downpours which, happily, were not overly destructive.
The details of the season are what makes a wine unique. Vintage does matter, even in Napa where we are fortunate to have relatively consistent seasons. As winemakers, being a weather junky is just part of the game. I believe 2019 is going to yield some outstanding wines. In early January I sat down with associate winemaker Jennifer Rue and we tasted through all of our 2019 wines. While some are still in their awkward phase mid or just post malolactic fermentation, they are all showing beautiful expressive characters that reflect the complexity of all that is bountiful and all that is challenging about the Napa Valley. We can’t wait to share their reflexion of 2019 with all of you!
If you want to be ensured the opportunity to acquire each unique vintage of Red Mare Wines, we encourage you to join our Allocation Club. We offer a spring and a fall shipment of our newly released or soon to be released wines. Some of the benefits of joining our club are:
10% discount on all wines all year
Complimentary shipping on club orders*
Invitations to club events
Annual Harvest Party in Dallas, TX
Concierge services for your Napa vacation
Special pricing on our wines for your private events
Celebrate the one you love with a little wine and chocolate! This Valentines Day, when you order 6 or more bottles, receive complimentary shipping and a lovely heart shaped box of chocolates from See's candy! Use Promo Code: LOVE
A note from Jessica:
"Thank you so much! I look forward to drinking your fabulous named wine! Since we have many horses (40+ and breeding mares) alpha mare is what I’m most excited for!
We actually got Elle from the Amish. It took three months to rehab her but she won every class in the Midwest area she showed in! This year we are planning on breeding her. Elle is very much a “red Mare” but when she loves you- she would do anything for you!"
From our winemaker, Anne Vawter:
"WOW! As a former competitor, I have an idea of all the work, time, and resources which that photo represents. Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your Red Mare with us! They are very special animals. Mine taught me so much and still does. If you ever have any questions about the wines please let me know.
We hope you all enjoy these pics as much as we do and she enjoys Red Mare Wines - Cheers!
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We make a tiny amount of two very special wines. Alpha Mare is a nickname that I was given many years ago. I decided to lend it to our top tier wine. Everyting about this wine has been touched and retouched by me. I’ve been given “cart blanche” with fruit sourcing, barrel selection, fermentation style and packaging design.
6 bottles are beautifully presented in a gift box with my own artwork. When the quote came in to design the box that I wanted, I decided to try my own hand… I’m pleased with the result. It is a lovely, sturdy six pack lay down box designed with a tooled leather pattern from an old saddle.
The label of this wine features Paradigm, my own red mare horse. She had a photo shoot with Peter Samuels, a celebrated animal photographer in San Francisco. The back label features a photo of my mother, grandmother and aunt, all horseback in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a place dear to my heart.
We only made 234 cases of our 2015 Alpha Mare Red Wine and a scant 142 cases of our 2016 Alpha Mare White Wine. They are both unique, powerful and very special and would make a wonderful gift under the tree.
Learn more about these wines at our website and skip the holiday stress by ordering your own 6 pack box. You won’t even need to wrap it!
2015 Alpha Mare Red Wine 2016 Alpha Mare White Wine
Price Per Bottle - $168.00 Price Per Bottle - $72.00
Price Per 6-Pack, Gift Pack - $1,008.00 Price Per 6-Pack, Gift Pack - $420.00
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