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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  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Charbono

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

  • Merlot

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • 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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  • Summers Winery Merlot Knights Valley 2009


    This is fairly tight on the nose showing focused vanilla, cured tobacco and floral topped cherry fruit. This is a rather structured Merlot, nicely firm int he mouth with early candied berry fruit flavors that are quickly wrapped up in well used oak and some stiff mineral tones. There's real depth of fruit on the palate with a nice spicy overlay ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Summers Winery Merlot Knights Valley 2009


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    Wine review by Michael C Butler

  • Summers Winery Merlot Knights Valley Reserve 2006


    Tannic and bitter with a short finish. Dark red fruited. Read More

    Wine review by kate statton

  • Summers Four-Acre Zinfandel Italian Miscellaneous White Miscellaneous White 2009


    Smoky nose that's meaty with cherry, peppers. A little bit of basil and tomato too. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita

  • Summer Ruby 2010


    Sweet dark fruits on the nose. Very spicy on the tongue with a coffee tannic finish. Read More

    Wine review by heathbodell

  • After last week’s look at value-oriented Zinfandel, I was pretty excited to jump into and taste some higher end wines. I love Zinfandel’s many iterations. From the Claret styles of yore to the fruit bombs that have made bold headlines and big points over the past decade, there is a great variety of styles well suited to many cuisines. Of course,... Read More

    From the article 8 Elegant Zinfandels

  • Summers Four-Acre Zinfandel Italian Miscellaneous White Miscellaneous White 2009


    Smoky oak, vanilla and espresso foam all come together on the nose along with some black pepper, black cherry and a hint of sweet pork. Full and broad in the mouth, this shows some assertive if polished tannins early on along with rich flavors of black cherry and black raspberry. Theres a certain hardness on the palate, though a nice brambly not... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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  • Rocco Bay Soft Smooth Red Western Cape W.O. South Africa


    South Africa's Rocco Bay, a new blend with a new look. It is a wine from Bottelary Winery in Paarl.Rocco Bay Soft Smooth Red is an absolutely delicious wine and a bargain at the price. A fabulous, smooth blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault & Merlot, a wine made from perfectly ripened grapes grown on mountain foothills, cooled by soothing Atlan... Read More

    Wine review by The Winestation

  • Wanting to refresh my memory on certain French vintages in the Rhône Valley I came across (as I often do) the Robert Parker Vintage Chart.  Parker includes vintages from 1970 through 2010 on his website and scores them on the usual 100 point scale.  He claims that scores of 70-79 are "average" while those of 80-89 are "above average to excellent... Read More

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