We’ve been in the wine business a long time, so don’t have too many first’s, but Napa by N.A.P.A. is definitely the exception. This is the first Napa Valley release by Scotto Cellars. The N.A.P.A portion of the wine’s name represents the 5th generation of Scotto Vintners: my brothers and sisters Natalie, Anthony, Paul (me) and Anne. Michael’s Red is named for our youngest brother, and Bianca’s White named for our youngest sister, who has recently joined us on our wine adventure.
MICHAEL’S RED is named for our youngest brother, who joined our family of vintners in 2012. The grapes were harvested by hand and the wine was aged in new and second year oak barrels for 21 months (48% toasted French oak, 40% American oak and 12% Hungarian oak).This release is full-bodied with intense color, concentrated dark fruit flavors and moderate oak accents and tannins.
BIANCA’S WHITE is an expressive blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon that shows exceptional depth, character and body. These varietals were hand harvested in Pope Valley in the Oak Knoll District, de-stemmed, gently pressed and cold settled. The Semillon and a portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented in French oak barrels constructed specifically for white Bordeaux barrel fermentation, where they were stirred on the lees. This release is ready to enjoy today but has the potential to age ten years or more with enhanced richness and complexity because no malolactic or secondary fermentation was allowed. It also welcomes our sister, Bianca, into our 5th generation family of winemakers.
PINOT NOIR, dominated elegant red fruits including raspberry and strawberry, crisp acidity and richness from Pinot Meunier and color, tannin and dark fruit flavors from a touch of Syrah. These Napa Valley varietals were fermented and aged separately in a combination of new French and 2nd vintage French and American oak barrels. The soft tannins and hint of sweet oak spice make this an unusually versatile red wine that will complement salmon, baked fowl, ham and roasted turkey.
And finally the CHARDONNAY; hand harvested grapes from the Silverado Trail and Oak Knoll District. Partially fermented in stainless steel and aged for 10 months in 2 year French oak barrels. With complex notes of citrus, melons, pineapple and grapefruit, this beautifully balanced Chardonnay has character and elegance for a broad range of cuisine and will continue to develop for years to come.
Winemaker Paul Scotto