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Annia is a nostalgic wine for Dan, he made it to transport him to another time and place.
Living in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, he realized that there weren’t many refreshing white wines that occupied their rightful place on the table along with food, family and friends. His year living in Italy inspired him to bring that style of wine to life in Napa Valley. And to have access to these wonderful old vines and rare Italian varieties planted in California, is truly a blessing. The varieties are rare! So much so that in a bottle of Annia 30% of all the Tocai and Ribolla grown in California are in that bottle. And they don’t make many bottles, so it is important for him to have respect and take incredible care to craft a delicious wine that he can not only be proud of but also enjoy.
Gemina is a story of opposites attracting. As far as we know there isn’t anywhere in the world where a bottle of a Pinot Grigio and Greco blend exists. They are disparate varieties grown in two opposite ends of Italy and would never cross paths, but in California, anything is possible.
Dan takes a lot of pride in being able to work with one of the most famous vineyards in all of California. It was founded by Larry Hyde in Carneros over thirty five years ago. The estate is planted predominantly to Chardonnay and has a list of wineries famous for capturing the essence of this iconic site. Dan chooses to ferment and age the wine in new and used French oak. Malolactic doesn't occur naturally. The combination of the clonal selections planted in Hyde plus it being a cold and wet site contribute to the wine's inherent tendency to be fresher and more acid driven.
The Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Juliana Vineyard in Pope Valley, one of Napa’s warmest regions. It is fermented in a mix of steel and French oak.
Gaspare is a wine all about friends and family for Dan. Without Massimo Califiori there would have been no trip to Sicily. Without George Vare there would be no Ribolla Gialla in the United States and without Christian Patat and Serena Palazzolo of Ronco del Gnemiz there would be no inspiration for this wine. Dan considers all of his friends his heroes and his motivation.
Annia is named after Dan's mother and his first Italian wine vintage is named after Massimo’s father Gaspare. Without Massimo in Dan's life there would be no Massican. The 2016 Gaspare is 43 % Tocai Friulano, 29% Ribolla Gialla, and 28% Chardonnay.