Essere is the Italian verb “To be ”. Originally founded by Frank D’Ambrosio, this small lot winery is steeped in Napa Valley history with a collection of award-winning wines. The D’Ambrosio Family are long time entrepreneurs and grape growers in Napa Valley with over 70 acres of land in Napa Valley located primarily between Coombsville and the Oak Knoll district (AVA). Under the cover of night, Frank has been supplying grapes to some of the most premier producers in Napa.
In the early 1980s, the D’Ambrosio family entered into the grape growing business focusing on using premium farming techniques. This was important since Frank knew that "you can’t make great wines unless you start with great grapes". Frank grew the farming business to over 200 acres of prime vineyards and his fruit was in demand and was sold to a number of well known high-end producers in Napa Valley. In 2006, the family decided to also step into the winemaking side of the business and released their first vintage. Through the years, the family created various labels and a very dedicated and loyal following.
Aging: 18 months in 80% New French Oak
Tasting notes: Red Wine. Intense aromas of big ripe blackberries, currant, and dark chocolate with a touch of tobacco and black olive that never end. With a spice-filled palate, this wine produces flavors of dark blackberry and currant with tannins that are long and beautifully balanced. One of the ultimate expressions of Petite Verdot. The 2010 Proprietary Blend is as opulent as it is determined. Drink now until 2025.
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