You would think it was the early 1900s, standing there in Rutherford looking at the un-trellised grapevine shoots draping down over the protected fruit. Helping this historical trajectory back in time is the fact that the home of Joseph Ponti sits immediately east of these vines. Ponti was the first winemaker for Beaulieu in the 1900s.
The Tonella family can speak to “Rutherford dust,” that almost mythical expression of terroir ascribed to the central Napa Valley region. “After more than 100 years and four generations of growing,” says Steve Tonella, “I thought it was time to make the finished wine.”
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Or it may come down to texture — flavors that glide along a silky path into a long, lingering finish. What makes a wine someone’s favorite? Often it is the flavors of the wine itself; like a dark berried cabernet sauvignon layered with dark cocoa and vanilla spice.
Steve Tonella was born in Napa Valley and grew up living in Sonoma and Rutherford. From an early age he worked in the vineyards with his father and grandfather. Enjoying the hot sun and helping in the vineyard by suckering vines (removing unwanted shoots) tying, training, and irrigating formed his early encounters in vineyards.