For more than a decade, only Napa insiders knew of the historic Wolf Family Estate tucked away in the Eastern foothills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range in St. Helena. Closed to the public and shielded by lush gardens and a protective tree line, the Estate revealed its beauty and magnificence only to the fortunate few who were favored with an invitation to visit.
A chronology of the Estate’s development reveals a history unique in the region. The statuesque palm trees that now line the property once hailed the stop for Pony Express riders two centuries ago. In 1879, Alton Williams purchased the land and christened it the Inglewood Estate. He planted the first vines in 1881 and constructed the main Victorian house, which now stands as the centerpiece of the estate. In 1965, long-time Napa family the Jaegers purchased the land. Bill and his wife Lila Jaeger produced their own wines and Lila is credited for most of the beautiful gardens on the property. In 1996, Doug and Jane Wolf purchased the property and produced wine under their eponymous label until David Sinegal purchased the estate and began its transformation in 2013.
Sinegal Estate sets the environment for a perfect wine tasting. The 30 acre property’s dynamic layout creates a quintessential yet idyllic Napa Valley experience. The land includes a two acre lake, olive orchards, hillside vistas, immaculate gardens to wander, and a classic poolside cabana. The 19th Century Victorian home has been recast with modern amenities, the tasting room remodeled, and 6,500 square-feet of underground caves constructed. The design of the winery centers around the idea of modernizing while staying true to heritage.
Winery owner, David Sinegal, scion of the respected Costco family, is a man with a heartfelt and clearly-enunciated mission. Together with his wife Shelley, Sinegal has assembled a dream team of winemakers, viticulturists, estate and vineyard managers, marketers and architectural advisors all of whom represent an enviable “best of class” in their respective industries.
Sinegal displays a passionate commitment to the highest quality of craftsmanship in his artful winemaking process. While Sinegal Estate Wines are crafted through 1,403 meticulously calculated steps, the wine is born out of inspiration, passion, and fine craftsmanship. Sinegal and his team believe in “attaining the exceptional through understanding the significance of each intricate nuance and working tirelessly towards perfection.”
The Estate’s vineyards are organically farmed, with 9.36 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.
Sinegal Estate Cabernet Sauvignon will release in Q3 2015 and will be available exclusively at select retail locations and for on-site events. Only 700 cases will be produced. The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will release in Q1 2016 and will be sold at the winery and available en primeur direct-to-consumer through the Sinegal Estate website and mailing list. Only 300 cases will be produced.
Sinegal Sauvignon Blanc will be released late Q3 2015, followed by Sinegal Estate Cabernet Franc which will be released Q4 2015 to members of the Estate List.
One should note that the obsession with perfection is now manifesting itself in the character of the wines which are garnering rave reviews from wine aficionados and critics alike. Noted wine critic Robert Parker has assigned a 96 point rating to the about-to-be-released Cabernet Sauvignon. Closer to home, a respected wine merchant, exceptionally qualified on the subject of California premium labels has privately adjudged Sinegal Estate to be the best of an exciting list of stellar wines currently creating headlines and followers.
Luxury Marketing Council members and guests who are interested in a private tour and tasting at Sinegal Estate, can learn more at www.lwnapa.com, call 415-729-0145 or email email@example.com