American wine has been produced for over 300 years. Today, wine production is
performed in all fifty states, with California leading the way in wine production followed
by Washington State, Oregon and New York. The United States is the fourth largest wine
producing country in the world after France, Italy, and Spain.
Grapes were planted in Sonoma County at Fort Ross as early as 1812. Padre Jose Altimira
planted several thousand grape vines at Mission San Francisco Solano in what is now the
city of Sonoma, in southern Sonoma County. Cuttings from the Sonoma mission vineyards
were carried throughout the northern California area to start new vineyards.
Long known for his innovative spirit and passion for quality, Joseph Phelps pioneered a number of firsts in the early years of the winery. The 1974 Insignia, released in the spring of 1978, was the first Bordeaux-style blend produced in California under a proprietary label.
Robert Mondavi was a leading California vineyard operator whose technical improvements and marketing strategies brought worldwide recognition for the wines of the Napa Valley in California. From an early period, Mondavi aggressively promoted labeling wines varietally rather than generically. This is now the standard for New World wines. The Robert Mondavi Institute (RMI) for Wine and Food Science at the University of California, Davis opened October 2008 in his honor.
Opus One Winery was founded as a joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Château Mouton Rothschild and Robert Mondavi to create a single Bordeaux style blend based upon Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The creation of this winery venture in 1978 was big news in the wine industry.
Stags Leap District
Produced each vintage from carefully selected blocks of the hillside vineyards surrounding the winery. The grapes are enhanced by meticulous winemaking and extensive aging in French oak barrels. Hillside Select consistently expresses the voluptuous fruit, rich flavors and velvety texture that characterize grapes grown in Stags Leap District.
Dominus is the proprietary red wine produced in the heart of Napa Valley by Christian Moueix. Dominus has become known since its first release for its complexity and earthy character, which pay tribute to the Napanook terroir. In the early years of Dominus, a series of artists' portraits of Christian Moueix was commissioned for the labels. By 1991, the wine had become well established and a classic Bordeaux-style label replaced the artist series.
Rubicon, the flagship of the Rubicon Estate uses only 100% organically farmed grapes. It is blended primarily from Cabernet Sauvignon, first planted on the estate between 1882 and 1885.
Caymus Vineyards was founded in 1972 by Charles F. Wagner, Lorna Belle Glos Wagner and their son Charles J. Wagner on the family's Rutherford property. The Wagners produced their first Cabernet Sauvignon from the 1972 vintage. Their first Special was made from the 1975 vintage. Caymus has made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon every year since its founding and production has remained at the same level since the 1989 vintage.
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