St. Helena Winery

(707) 967-9463 100 Pratt Ave
St. Helena, CA 94574
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St. Helena Winery produces traditional, hand made wines. In fact, the only piece of equipment which is mechanized is a commercial-grade, Delta E1 de-stemmer. The wine is not pumped, nor is it stored in stainless steel fermenters. Upon harvest, grapes are sent through the de-stemmer then sent to the sorting table to remove any fruit that is not whole and healthy. (If wineries even go to the trouble of hand sorting fruit, it is typically done prior to de-stemming.) The fruit is moved by hand into a small plastic, one ton fermenter (rather than a steel fermenter). The Storys hand punch down the cap and do not use any mechanized pumps. A traditional wooden basket press uses a water-inflated balloon to press skins against the press. Sympa is made from only 100% free run juice, while Scandale uses some of the pressed wine. As with the crushing process, St. Helena Winery's cooperage regime is similarly traditional. The wine is moved by hand into all new French oak barrels from five cooperages, using "heavy" and "medium" toast levels. All wines are aged on-site.

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 35th Anniversary 2011

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    Quite dark in color. Woody, viny nose with a suggestion of olive. Initial mouth sensation is that this is pretty thin. Little or no fruit to speak of. Somewhat sour or weedy, but, then some oaky vanilla. Some leather and tobacco on the back of the palate. I normally expect Spring Mountain wines to be brutally tannic, but this one has surpri... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • This is way off thread topic, but I just love to rebut GregT's comments. Also, I am going to take another opportuniity to brag on a favorite maker.In discussing the Bottled in St. Helena Meiomi, Greg stated, "That's in Napa. No way are they putting out a $20 wine that would come from any vineyards there."Last week in another thread Mjet posted p... Read More

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  • Good distinction. If someone else pours, I may drink a lot of stuff I wouldn't buy myself. I'm not talking about price either, just the quality of what's in the glass.A lot of what comes out of Bordeaux is fine, but more isn't. Not the classified growths, but there are hundreds of producers who are putting things into bottles that should never b... Read More

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  • HI.  Thanks for the response.  I was planning on trying to make ... ... to make ... Family VineyardSt Helena WineryVineyards 29ChappelletMyriad CellarsTurnbull Wine CellarsDunn VineyardsCarter CellarsCorison WineryMcGah Family VineyardsSwitchback RidgeHall WinesMending Wall WineryForman VineyardSilver Oak CellarsVen Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Cy. We hope you continue to join us here, and we hope that you come back with a report on your visit.You did a good job of explaining your goals for your visit, but, of course, I am going to ask for more information.  Are you more interested in visiting wineries with "walk-in" tasting rooms or would you prefer to set... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are doing a long weekend in Healdsburg (Jan 15-17) and Yountville (Jan 17-19) over MLK weekend and were looking for some recommendations on wineries to visit.  We tend to like more full bodied red wines, but are open to other wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus o... Read More

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  • Keenan Merlot Napa Valley 2012

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    More fruitycherry--nose than Im used to from Keenan. It may be some suggestive power, but I also get cherrywood aroma. On the tongue/palate this to me seems to be a typical Spring Mountain (the majority of the fruit for this wine is from Keenans Spring Mountain estate vineyard, the rest is from the Carneros) red wine. Big and mouth filling. ... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Robert Mondavi Winery Zinfandel St. Helena

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    four glasses for the experience! Read More

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  • Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Estate Bottled St. Helena Napa Valley 2014

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    Fragrant floral aromas of persimmon, honeydew melon, honeysuckle and tangerine. Fairly direct in the mouth, with a creamy mid palate and some candied apple and streaks of peach. Pleasant and approachable. Read More

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  • February seasonal temperatures in Napa Valley can be remarkably cool and wet, especially in the Spring Mountain District, high above the town of St. Helena. The mountainside vineyard elevations are anywhere from 400 to 2100 feet and rainfall is usually abundant during the winter season, although much of California has experienced drought conditi... Read More

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