Summers Winery

Jim Summers purchased a 28-acre vineyard in Knights Valley in 1987. At that time it was mostly Merlot grapes with some Muscat Canelli. The first production of Summers Ranch Merlot was the 1992 vintage, and we increased the yield to reach a maximum of 2000 cases. In 1996 we expanded our vineyard holdings to include 25 acres at the corner of Highway 128 and Tubbs Lane. This Napa Valley property carries the name Summers Estate Wines, with the vineyard designation of Villa Andriana Vineyard, named after our daughter. The property has been completely transformed to recognize its full potential. With a winery/tasting room, entertainment center, bocce ball court, picnic area and 22+ acres of vines (Zinfandel, Charbono, and Cabernet Sauvignon) we think it a perfect balance of pleasure and productivity. Creating red-wine from grapes grown on small acreages in both Napa Valley and Knights Valley is the passion of Beth and Jim Summers. The signature, "unique" wine offered by Summers is Charbono. The name Read more »

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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...

  • Charbono

    Charbono is grown on just a handful of acres on California’s North Coast, mainly in the Napa Valley. This grape usual...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Summers Petite Sirah 2009

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    Wine review by mark


  • Summers Petite Sirah 2009

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    Dark and earthy on the nose with aromas of macerating flowers and damp tobacco layered over a base of black cherry and blackberry fruit framed with some well judged vanilla and wood spice. Smooth, polished and yet not detailess in the mouth with lovely bright yet integrated acids and soft, supple yet obvious tannins. theres a streak of dark choc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Summers Merlot Reserve Summers Ranch 2010

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  • Summers Merlot Reserve Summers Ranch 2010

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    Fairly floral on the nose with lots of perfumed oak aromas framing a core of bright, spicy blackberry and lingonberry fruit. This really flows across the palate with an excellent blend of richness of fruit and firmness of structure. The acids are a touch low, lending this additional weight in the mouth but the tannins, copious as they may be, ar... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • While traveling through Napa Valley last month I noticed that all the Vineyards I visited had roses planted around their crops. They're planted and watched closely for any early signs of infestation on the land. They monitor the Roses closely and upon early signs of problems, protective measures are taken to make sure the grape vines receive a s... Read More

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  • Summers Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley 2010

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    Good cabernet, but can find ones of about the same quality for about half the price. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • I know there have been conversations here on the Forum about wines made in the U.S. state of Texas.  I participated in one of them.  Generally, it has been difficult to find anybody from outside the state who is really excited about Texas wines.  Personally, my very limited experience has not been great.However, today I stumbled onto this articl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Anyone for a Texas Gran Reserva?


  • Elsewhere you can read about the offline I attended with OT and GdP and a bunch of winemakers, winelovers, and the like.  But on the way there, I think I solved a major problem with California wine; over conversation with GdP and an assistant winemaker from Napa, my belief was confirmed.I read in an obituary of Aldo Conterno that he had come to ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's wrong with California...


  • Summers Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Reserve 2010

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    Cocoa, coconut, mocha, and lovely herb notes come together on the nose here which also shows off some peppery spice and attractive blackcurrant and light peach aromas.This is smooth and a touch soft, with lower acidity than the basic Calistoga cuvée. The fruit is also a bit more intense, slightly chewy with blackcurrant flavors wrapped around to... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Summers Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga Napa Valley 2010

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    A nice minty, herbaceous edge greets the nose, adding freshness here to the slightly oaky and hard dark currant fruit. This smells unforgiving. Tight on entry, there's a good amount of fruit here, but this is not fleshy and plump but rather focused and crisp, medium weight with black cherry and currant fruit topped with a hint of mint and laid o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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