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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  • Petite Sirah

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Last night Matt Denny and I attended the Napa Grape Growers Association Annual Dinner at The Ranch Winery in St Helena. As wine events go is was kinda typical with a reception hour followed by introductions, Grower of the Year Award presentation and dinner. Just a bit more upscale than my Sonoma events. Wines poured by the glass during the recep... Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was a hell of a day, great wine, great people and a lot of fun. Today we headed over the hill to the "other side" where we met up with Robin Akhurst, winemaker extraordinaire and just an all around great guy. We met Robin two years ago thru no other than our favorite local expert... Read More

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  • The CFO and I and four others are back in CA doing a weeks worth of tasting.  Today is the Sonoma Barrel tasting to be followed by a couple more days in Sonoma and two days in Napa. Reports to follow. Read More

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  • Being aware of price points for most of the other varietals I have always wondered why the Pinot Noirs are always priced way ahead of the other varietals.It is almost impossible to purchase a Pinot Noir at the same price point/quality as a Cabernet Sauvignon for under $20Now I live in a region where both Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State) and... Read More

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  • So several years ago while touring the CA wine country I came across a nice place where I liked both the proprieters and the wine. I signed up for their monthly wine club. A month later instead of getting my wine I get a notice that they can't ship to MA. Somehow I remained on their mailing list and now they can ship to MA so I ordered my very f... Read More

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  • RBA/Sandra-Congrats on your new car. I like that color combo! Smart cars are not that popular in South Florida but I think they are interesting.Last night we had a 2005 Noble Petite Syrah from St. Helena. Retails from the winery for $42 and I picked it up online for $23. Decanted for 45 minutes and drank over 2.5 hours. This was an excellent QPR... Read More

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  • 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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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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