I recently received my first shipment of wines from Vinfluence, a monthly wine club delivering exceptional handcrafted artisans wines from boutique wineries. There are many monthly wine clubs, but Vinfluence is exceptional in their research. The dedication and care that founder Shannon Westfield takes in selecting the wineries is extremely rewarding to its members.
This month’s shipment are the wines from Tres Sabores a small boutique vineyard in Rutherford, Napa Valley. Off the beaten path, Tres Sabores is a hidden gem. The vineyard sits near the top of the Rutherford bench at the base of the Mayacama Mountains, a perfect setting for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petit Sirah.
Julie Johnson is the owner and winemaker of Tres Sabores Winery. In 1981 Julie, along with Larry Turley and John Williams founded Frog’s Leap Winery. In 1987 Julie and John purchased Tres Sabores and all the grapes went to Frog’s Leap. In 1999 Julie began to produce her own wines at Tres Sabores. By 2005 Julie had a wonderful portfolio of wines and along with her winemakers, Julie starting making wines too. Julie and her family are deeply committed to the environment and the land. They were one of the very first vineyards in Napa to become certified organic. Julie is dedicated to cultivating biodiversity and reducing farming inputs. She is also an inspiration to many women, not just for her passion and commitment to making great wines, but for supporting, motivating and encouraging women in the wine world. Julie co-founded Women for WineSense, the organization is the premier wine education and networking organization for wine industry professionals and wine aficionado. Julie is a leader and inspiration in so many ways, she is the chair of the Napa Green advisory board, and has been on the board for ZAP- Zinfandel Advocates and Producers.
Tres Sabores is a true working farm with olive trees, pomegranates, lemons, sheep, guinea hens and a family of vineyard dogs. It is a quiet vineyards where often times tastings are done with the owner Julie Johnston herself. When in Napa, visit the vineyards but in the meantime seek out these beautiful wines.
2015 Tres Sabores Sauvignon Blanc – This Sauvignon Blanc is certified organic from the Sonoma Mountains and Calistoga. It’s delicate aromas has hints of green apple and pineapple. On the palate the wine is crisp with notes of guava, tangerine, lime and spice. This medium bodied wine has intense mouth puckering acidity and wonderful minerality. It will pair perfectly with flaky white fish, light pastas and fish tacos. This wine is a beautiful expression of a classic California Sauvignon Blanc. A must try.
2013 – Tres Sabores Zinfandel – From Rutherford, this elegant Zinfandel made with 42 year-old vines has beautiful burst of black cherries, blackberries and black pepper on the nose. On the palate you get tantalizing dark berries, cocoa powder, coffee, and vanilla. It feels smooth and lively on the palate with soft tannins and bright acidity. It pairs wonderfully with barbecue chicken, burgers, turkey, chili or Pizza. This wine is a limited production Zin with only 500 cases, so seek this out now.
2013 Tres Sabores ¿Por qué no? – This estate fruit comes from Calistoga and is a chocolaty blend that is one of Tres Sabores most popular wine. Sure to be a crowd pleaser so stock up on this wine for your summer picnics, barbecue parties or just hanging out by the pool. ¿Por qué no? Why not? This wine is a perfect blend of 56% Zinfandel, 31% Petit Sirah 12% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Petit Verdot. Its intense color immediately draws you in and then follows up with a burst of red fruit and spice on the palate. The wine is perfectly balanced with soft tannins, nice acidity and a long finish.
Tres Sabores – “There are three tastes in every glass of wine. The taste of the terroir – the place, the footsteps of the farmer, everything that goes into it. The taste of the varietal. And, the most important thing, the taste of the spirit of the company around the glass.” – Julie Johnson, Owner & Winemaker