Sullivan Vineyards

707-963-9646 1090 Galleron Road
Rutherford, CA 94573
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Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, which sits in the heart of the Napa Valley. They came with a vision: to meld art and wine, specifically wines that reflect the beautiful and unique terroir. Jim Sullivan, a graphic designer, had formerly worked on projects for the Monkees and other 60's rockbands, Dick Clark Productions, and Clymer Books. Jim used his artistic skills as a graphic designer to create a label for Sullivan Vineyards and his innate talent to create a home for his family and make exceptional wine. The Sullivan home and winery were designed by renowned architect John Marsh Davis, designer of such reputed wineries as Rutherford Hill, Joseph Phelps, and Chateau Souverain. Creativity and perfection in all realms of living is what the Sullivans' strive for. We don't stop when we put the brush down, but continue throughout our lives, in winemaking, cooking, in friendships. It creates a mystical essence. That's what we are about. – Description from Dragac

Varietals Produced by Sullivan Vineyards View all

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Santa was generous this year wasn't he? You guys are better at this than I expected. 2/3 of you already know who your Santa was. That should make the guessing easier for the 4 still left guessing.What did you get?JD -  2011 Damilano Barolo Brunate - from FoxalllRBA - 2008 Spring Mountain Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - from vinOvinOVV ... Read More

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  • Sullivan Vineyards Merlot Rutherford 2000

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    I've had several bottles from this vintage and have found them to be hit or miss. When they hit, as this one did last night, you have wonderful notes of violet, stewed meats, graphite and black licorice. I think we drink wines too young and I too am often guilty, so it's nice to grab something with a little age on it from time to time. Held up f... Read More

    Wine review by MCCellarAngel


  • Sullivan Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2012

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    The wine is a lovely ruby color in the glass with a dark indigo towards the center, classic Cabernet. The nose is not at all what I expected, rather than a blast of fruit like so many Cabernets today, this one had aromas of plum, raisin and graphite, overlaid with some notes of vanilla. The taste is quite nice, very warm and approachable, some... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by polesm


  • Sullivan Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by mark


  • Sullivan Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Napa Valley 2010

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    Very fine layered aromas of violets, mint, integrated wood spice, black currants and a very fine hint of bell pepper greets the nose. Tight and reticent in the mouth, this does show great balance and good freshness to the fruit with the oak playing a lovely supporting role but the wine remains rather tightly coiled on the palate. The balance is ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Sullivan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2007

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    The wine definitely needed to breathe a bit, so I poured mine through an aerator and let it rest for a while. It has a lovely deep purple color in the glass, with edges of garnet. The nose of very full of jammy black fruit, plum, black cherry and raspberry, overlaid with hints of leather, Asian spice and mint. The taste is lovely, with some m... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Sean Sullivan recently published and updated a list of his top 100 or so wines of 2012, with predictable results. Cayuse, Quilceda Creek, Leonetti all occupy the top 3 spots, followed by a few mid tier standards like Betz, Reynvaan, Maison Bleue, Grammercy. Well, I should say I'm just starting to get to know these names and also starting to buy ... Read More

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  • Just got this from Garagiste, and have all sorts of weird thoughts.  Like, is this for real?  But more importantly, will Rimmerman succeed in keeping this from going to auction, or is he just rewarding a lucky few who will turn around and sell the most valuable bottles, while others will have overpaid for who-knows-what?  Would it really be wors... Read More

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  • Sullivan Vineyards Merlot Rutherford 2008

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    Aromatic fruit with cherry and chocolate flavors. Nice finish Read More

    Wine review by funston44


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