Del Dotto Vineyards features THE Napa Valley barrel tasting experience

Located in the beautiful Napa Valley, Del Dotto Vineyards is a family-owned winery which focuses on small production, premium wines. Dave Del Dotto has spent the last 20 years acquiring vineyards in some of the top American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) including Rutherford, Oakville, St. Helena, Spring Mountain, Howell Mountain and Sonoma Coast. Currently, the winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Sangiovese, and Sauvignon Blanc from their Napa Valley vineyards.  Also in production are Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and limited amounts of Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from the Cinghiale Vineyard in the King’s Ridge region on the Sonoma Coast.

Cellar Angels’ CEO Martin Cody interviews Dave Del Dotto.

In 1999, the Del Dotto family opened up their historic cave, hand dug in 1885, to the public.  Dave’s goal was to host extensive barrel-tasting tours to help educate wine lovers about the effects of different types of oak on barrel-aged wines.  Del Dotto Vineyards has been experimenting with over 50 different barrel types from various cooperages around the world.  These cooperages can be found in France, USA, Russia, Hungary, and Italy.

In 2007, the new Del Dotto Venetian Estate Winery and Caves was completed at the Del Dotto’s St Helena property.  The new caves are lined with Italian marble and ancient tiles depicting the history of wine. Complete with Venetian crystal chandeliers, mosaic marble floors, and hand-painted gold-inlaid ceilings, this new tasting facility is one of the most beautiful in the world.  It elevates wine to its rightful position as a truly sacred beverage.

In just a few years, Del Dotto has become one of Napa Valley’s most sought after destinations! They were the first winery to bottle wines directly out of individual barrels, and continue to offer visitors the opportunity to experience the varied flavor nuances oak can provide to a premium wine. Del Dotto continues to experiment with both ancient and modern winemaking techniques to attain their ultimate goal: Making great wine to bring family and friends together to enjoy life.

Find two of Del Dotto’s exquisite wines, the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Pinot Noir, on www.cellarangels.com. Every purchase will support your favorite cause. 

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