Karen and David...that's us the winegrowers...were from our early twenties into wine, and the food and people that surrounded it. From our home in the Midwest we visited Napa Valley and the North Coast wine regions constantly. Finally the lure of the life we wanted to live in Napa was too strong so we hung up our careers and moved to the valley. That was 2004 and after all these years we both still remember the very first decision we made..."we will never bottle a wine that we are not proud of" We've had a lot of help over the years from some very talented people who have done more than help us keep our word.
Excellence in Winegrowing takes vigilance and attention to detail. We found out once we got started that small producers have more options to manage that detail and to produce wines of the best quality, character and complexity. Our desire to stay small is because we are people who want to always do our best and that means we want our wines to be as good as they can be. We use and emulate the knowledge we absorbed from the early Napa pioneers that befriended us as well as the expertise of some excellent and famous winemakers of our times. For us, small is where it's at!
We started two separate wine labels...Black Cordon Vineyards and Sixteen by Twenty Wines...at the same time. One is not junior to the other. I suppose the main reason is that it gives us the chance to let the unique characteristics of each and every one of our vineyards show up in a bottle of wine. All the growing and winemaking is the same...the winery is the same...and the winemaker is the same. But up until now we kept the two labels separate. Well, our wine loving fans kept saying "come on, you're one big happy family so why not act like it" They are right, and we are, so here all of our wines are finally in one place. Cheers!
The selection of wines available here online is limited because most of our wines and vintages are available only to our Wine Club Members. If we have what you are looking for here then great, click away. If however you would like to expand your experience with our wines you might consider becoming a Wine Club Member. For more information on the options and benefits of being a member please contact us below. Cheers! David and Karen
As a Wine Club Member you have access to all of the wines that we produce. That includes our limited production wines, past wines, current wines and wines that haven't even been released yet. What makes our Club different is that you only get the wines you want because you do the selecting...handpick by yourself each time or have us choose special wines based on your selected profile. Choose from all the wines available to club members...from both Black Cordon Vineyards and/or Sixteen by Twenty Wines. It's all about you!
These very, very limited production wines are available only to Wine Club Members. Each vintage we personally select the few barrels that somehow shine above the rest and bottle them separately, as Vineyard Designate wines. And rarely we come across that special barrel that is as good as it can get...we bottle that as our Reserve Cru.
Almost forgot...the Sixteen by Twenty "Sonoma Coast" Pinot Noir is definitely a Club only wine...the tiny production is snatched up by Club members about as fast as we make it.
Sorry, we're old school with our websites just like we are with our winemaking...no pop up form here. Instead we will pay special attention to you and get to know you as a friend in wine. So let's get started on the right foot with a bit more personal contact. Send us a request for a sign up form or a question about our Clubs and we'll personally read it and get back to you with the information you'd like to have. Use the Contact Us message sender below.
We take all of our interaction with our customers personally....whether you're a Wine Club Member or someone who is new to our wines. Please contact us directly with any questions or requests and as soon as we are in from the vineyard or back from the winery we will answer your email.
If you're interested in knowing more about our Wine Clubs just say "send me some wine club information" in the message box and we'll simply send you the details...no hard sell!
4155 Dry Creek Road, Napa, California 94558, United States
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