Triumph Cellars Zinfandel 2013
Roger writes: "Friends from around the Country would come visit my wife and me, stay in the Napa Valley, and became emotionally invested in what we were doing. So I thought, why not invite our friends to become part of the winemaking process, and make them partial owners?
Sharing that process with their friends has been the key to their success. With partners all over the country, they have ambassadors in many major US markets. They help gain recognition for the brand by introducing it to their favorite retailers, restaurants, and distributors in their own backyards. This grass roots approach has been crucial to their growth.
Today Triumph Cellars Wines are represented throughout the country by distributors and brokers who carry their five vintages. They are proud of their Small Winery status of just about 10,000 cases a year. And prouder still, of all their continued friendships."
The Triumph Cellar Wines are produced from small lots of select varietals from our estate vineyards in St Helena and Calistoga. They also purchase fruit from premium Napa growers under long-term vineyard contracts, including the vineyard of managing partner Roger Louer, pictured above. The long-term contracts for premium fruit ensure that the wines consistently represent estate-bottled quality.
Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.
Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.
Unapologetically bold, spice-driven and jammy, Zinfandel has secured it’s title as the darling of California vintners by adapting well to the states’ diverse microclimates and landscapes. Born in Croatia, it later made its way to southern Italy where it was named Primitivo. Fortunately, the imperial nursery of Vienna catalogued specimens of the vine, which sourced a journey to New England in 1829. Parading the true American spirit, Zinfandel found a new home in California during the Gold Rush of 1849. Somm Secret—California's ancient vines of Zinfandel are those that survived the neglect of Prohibition; today these vines produce the most concentrated, ethereal and complex examples.