Kuleto Estate Winery St Helena
Pat Kuleto began establishing vineyards on this eastern Napa ranch in 1993 and there are now plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Sangiovese, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay, all now released varietally, as well as some Muscat. A Rosato is also produced from Sangiovese. Production is approaching 10,000 cases a year, small in winery terms yet dwarfing that of some of the winery’s neighbours. The vineyards range in altitude from 250–450m (800–1,450ft) and both the Syrah and the Cabernet Sauvignon are marked by their elegance, purity of fruit and finely honed structure. Low yields of barely 1.5 tons/acre contribute to their quality. The dark, smoky and peppery Syrah is aged in 500 litre puncheons, which helps preserve the varietal character, while the rich and cedary Cabernet sees a high proportion of new French oak. Both will benefit from half a decade’s cellaring. A series of Cabernets are now released and are also labelled Villa Vista, Lone Acre and Native Son. The Danielli Cabernet is now the estate’s top red and marginally pricier than the other Cabs. Bill Foley of Foley Vineyards purchased Kuleto in 2009 and is providing additional winemaking and farming resources to ensure continuity of quality. (DM)
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