Jim Striegel's Father and Mother
My dad never met a stranger. He was just as comfortable talking to someone for the first time as he was to a family member or close friend. He used his understanding of personality styles to communicate in a way that was always well received. He had an amazing ability to be persuasive when he was sure he had the best path to a goal. He didn't take "no" or "I can't" for an answer. I've patterned myself after my dad and do my best to continue his engaging, out-going demeanor.
My dad shared his love of winemaking with me at an early age. We would drive to St. Louis, Missouri where Dad would physically inspect the grapes from Napa. The process of making wine and enjoying it has always been a labor of love surrounded by family and friends. When I started Red Mare Wines, I wholeheartedly adopted this passion. Today, I raise a glass of our Alpha Mare Red to my dad, Dr. Leon Striegel.
- Jim Striegel, Owner & President
If you want to give the man in your life the cream of the crop, we suggest our Alpha Mare Red. This wine is Anne’s carte blanche and represents the best of her craft and experience in winemaking. The Cabernet Sauvignon base for our Alpha Mare Red hails from the Blossom Creek Vineyard in the Calistoga Appellation. With a sloping aspect providing consistent airflow and a slight northern exposure, this site is protected from extreme heat and produces exceptional quality grapes.
Barrel fermentation in small 225L oak barrels results in slower, cooler fermentation. The shape and size of the barrel produce a submerged cap. Gentle and consistent, this method of extraction gives mouth-filling, lush, and juicy tannin structure. The use of native yeast adds to the complexity, and a co-fermentation of Cabernet Sauvignon with Malbec creates a round, vibrant, and pleasing wine with intense color and depth every year.
2015 • Red Mare Wines • Napa Valley • Alpha Mare• Red Wine
"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+ years. 92+ POINTS".
-The Wine Advocate
$151.20/bottle for Triple Crown Club Members
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After great success and in collaboration with the Napa Valley Vintners, Red Mare Wines is Opening The Cellar on April 14th and 15th only. Don't miss this opportunity to take advantage of this very limited release.
2008 • Red Mare Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon
"The nose is rich with ripe currants and raspberries along with a beautiful bottle bouquet of tobacco leaf, pie spices, and shaved dark chocolate. Very rich in the mouth, with hints of ripe currants and fresh figs. With time, the tannins have softened and the acidity has sustained yielding a surprisingly fresh fruit core and silky texture."
$80.00/bottle - only 7 bottles available
2010 • Red Mare Napa Valley • Cabernet Sauvignon
"Dark cherry notes dominate the nose. It is still quite full of fresh fruit with bottle bouquet aromas of earth, cedar, and black pepper gathering around the edges. There is an enticing hint of black olive, anise and dried herb. In the mouth, the wine is still quite fruit-forward with a rich structure and full body leading to a seamless and long finish."
$68.00/bottle - only 9 bottles available
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