Established in the early 1980s, St. Supéry combines Bordelais winemaking tradition with Napa Valley terroir to produce the highest quality estate wines possible. Famed for their acquisition of the Dollarhide Vineyard in the Vaca Mountains, the winery is one of only a handful that can boast 100% estate owned fruit. This, plus their strict adherence to sustainable agriculture and winemaking, have established St. Supéry as a leader of Napa Valley, with consistently great vintages to their name and a bright future to look forward to.
The estate’s most notable holding is undoubtedly the Dollarhide Vineyard, a “valley within a valley”, featuring elevations ranging from 600 to 1,100 feet above sea level, seven different soil series, 13 soil variations and unique microclimates. The 30+ year old vines planted into the undulating slopes at the site produce the core of St. Supéry’s profile, with a diverse ecosystem of hills and lakes sustaining the integrity of the place. The winery has an additional 35 acres managed in Napa Valley, with most of the fruit coming from around them on the eastern side of Highway 29 in Rutherford.
Vice President of Winemaking and Vineyards, Michael Scholz oversees winemaking, in tandem with Winemaker Brooke Shenk. The team have a level of control in the cellar that many winemakers dream about. An optical sorter, as well as two different points for manual sorting, have refined their fruit selection to permit only the most pristine grapes. Small batch fermentations of their more than 500 acres of land provide a broad palate on which to craft their final blends. Custom built French barrels, toasted according to Michael’s instructions, finely meld the style of St Supéry. Beyond this, Michael brings decades of winemaking experience from across the world into the process of crafting each vintage.
Napa Green is the wine industry’s most comprehensive “best practices” program for land-use and wine production, of which St. Supéry is doubly certified both for their land and winery. Biodiversity is greatly encouraged, wherein two thirds of their almost 1,600 acres of land is left untouched. The vineyards themselves are subject to an intensive pest management program, where cover crops suppress weed growth while fostering a home for beneficial insects. Furthermore, the winemaking process is heavily scrutinized, from the sourcing of their bottles (recycled and from North America), to their water usage, to the solar panels above their crush pad which provide over 90% of the winery’s energy. The commitment to sustainable agriculture and winemaking is one of the most rigorous and impressive programs that exists in the wine industry today.
One of St. Supéry’s most renowned wines is their Sauvignon Blanc, vinified in a clean and crisp style. The vines themselves are a unique field selection, hand-picked from within the Dollarhide Vineyard in the late 1990s and propagated throughout the property ever since.
The Dollarhide Estate Sauvignon Blanc showcases the power and elegance of the Dollarhide Ranch most elegantly. The fruit primarily comes from one parcel within the vineyard, featuring almost 40-year-old vines and deep sandy loam. A gentle amount of new French oak and lees aging rounds out and relaxes the profile of this robust white wine.
A blend of their Dollarhide and Rutherford Estate Vineyards, St. Supéry’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressively balanced wine of mountainous and valley fruit. The blend is gently melded with new oak for a robust yet measured style, inspired by Bordeaux.
The Rutherford Estate Merlot shows the typical fine-grained quality that the AVA is known for. Inspired by St Supéry’s initial consulting winemaker, Michel Rolland, a notable amount of the merlot is barrel fermented for a decadent and refined palate.
Reflecting some of the best fruit from both their Dollarhide and Rutherford Estate vineyards, Élu is a beautifully textured Bordeaux blend showcasing the high growing quality of St Supéry’s holdings. The opulent style typically leads with Cabernet Sauvignon vintage to vintage, while incorporating various amounts of Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.
Blending Cabernet Sauvignon from across their 500 acres under vine, the Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the truest expression of this unique place. This elevated site in the Vaca Mountains creates a powerful and lifted character, and the team at St Supéry painstakingly ferments each parcel to eventually blend a consistently styled wine each year.
Crafted entirely from Muscat Canelli, this highly aromatic and joyous expression of this charming varietal. This Moscato represents St Supéry’s only off-dry wine and provides a welcome counterpoint to their already impressive portfolio. 49% of all Napa Valley Muscat Canelli is grown by St Supéry.