Renteria Wines Napa Valley
Salvador Renteria arrived in the Napa Valley from Mexico in 1962 and soon became one of the most sought after vineyard managers in the area. In 1987, he started his own vineyard management company which now looks after more than 1,500 prime acres. In 1993, he handed over control to his son, Oscar, who is now the driving force behind the business. In 1997 they decided to make wines under their own label with their expert knowledge in sourcing fruit. They now have 53 acres (21 ha) of their own vineyards and are in the course of constructing a new winery on Mount Veeder. Although they are based in the Napa Valley, they do also produce Pinot Noirs from Sonoma as well as from Carneros. The Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir has good varietal flavour but lacks a bit of weight and complexity. The Russian River Pinot Noir is a little sweeter, plummy and viscous with good length and will probably be good for five years or more. Their Stag’s Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon has great complexity with nice, inky fruit and is quite Bordeaux-like as one would expect from this appellation. Not tasted were a Carneros Chardonnay, a Pinot Noir single vineyard (Knittel), (also from Carneros) and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Mount Veeder. All wines are produced in tiny quantities at the moment but they hope to be able to produce up to 5,000 cases once their winery is finished. (NB)
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