Courtney and EG chose an extraordinary June evening to exchange vows in front of their captive audience of close friends and family. The couple shared a beautiful first look, captured by photographer Jen Philips before slipping away to prepare for the ceremony. A rose petalled aisle, a glass of V. Sattui's Moscato and a romantic stroll through the vineyards were the perfect details to make their special evening complete. V. Sattui loved hosting their wedding and we look forward to seeing this happy couple again!
2012 is shaping up to be a great vintage year in the Napa Valley.
The Napa Valley experienced a relatively dry winter, but spring rains added plenty of moisture to the ground, giving the vines an early start on spring growth. This summer saw mostly moderate temperatures, with only a couple of short heat spikes; but the recent string of warm to hot weather pushed grape maturity along and vintners expect this year’s harvest to be one of the biggest, due to increased berry set and cluster size.
“We’ll be starting our harvest of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sparkling wine very soon to produce our lovely Brut: the Prestige Cuvee,” explains Director of Winemaking Brooks Painter. “The Pinot Noir is picked earlier, before it is fully-colored, and then gently pressed to avoid red pigments and tannins in the juice,” he added. “The Chardonnay is picked slightly riper,” he continued, “then they are fermented separately and carefully blended before the second 'methode champenoise' fermentation in the bottle.”
“Sauvignon Blanc from our Carsi Estate vineyard was tested yesterday, and the 'brix' (sugar-content) lead us to expect that harvest will begin of this early-ripening varietal by the third week of August,” remarked V. Sattui's Associate Winemaker Laura Orozco. The first reds—Pinot Noir, Merlot and some Zinfandels—will arrive at the crush pad around mid-September. Both Painter and Orozco predict that the winery will begin crushing Cabernet Sauvignon in late September through mid-October. The red grapes are looking excellent and quality should be very high this year.
We look forward to having you here soon!
Leah and Ben eloped on a beautiful August afternoon on V. Sattui Winery's Vittorio Terrace. The private ceremony provided a romantic atmosphere for the couple to share such a special moment together. Leah and Ben celebrated their day with a bottle of V. Sattui Prestige Cuvee and a walk through the lush vineyards. Photographer Richard Wood captured the couple's intimate "I Do's". Congratulations to this beautiful couple and we look forward to seeing you again soon!