Our take on this Napa Valley wine estate is soulful wines from a soulful winemaker whose awareness of the planet ensures he crafts wines that truly resonate. For those of you who enjoyed the movie ‘Bottle Shock’ and all the fun and shenanigans that surrounded the great taste off known as the Judgement of Paris hosted by our good friend Steven Spurrier in 1976 you will be intoxicated by the wines of this great estate.
To get a sense of the colour of John and his phenomenal wine estate we believe the following quotes set the scene:
“John makes a pilgrimage to the Napa Valley on the Greyhound Bus, meetsLarry
Turley while illegally camped on his property, a former frog raising farm; after two bottles of wine they agree to start a winery together. Larry helps John get a job with his friendWarren Winiarski. As the only employee atStag’s Leap Wine Cellars John keeps cellar notes and helps bottle the ’73 Stag’s Leap Cabernet. He proceeds to total Warren’s car on his 5th day on the job. At Larry’s urging John obtains a motorcycle to make the commute between UC Davis, Stag’s Leap and the Frog Farm. John is (still) the sole employee of Stag's Leap Wine Cellars when the announcement is made that the '73 Cab had won theParis tasting”.
“For more than 25 years we’ve been well known for our advancement of the principles of organic grape growing, dry farming and many aspects of biodynamics.”
“Restraint is not a cellar-based attempt to lower the alcohol content of the wine, but rather a reflection of nature’s own modesty.”
“...balance, restraint, and respect for terroir. I believe these characteristics are the indisputable product of the vine itself, and are an expression of the deep connection to the soil and environment in which it lives.”
John Williams owner/winemaker