David Abreu - Napa's most celebrated viticulturalist
David Abreu is probably Napa Valley’s most respected viticulturalist. His list of clients reads like a who’s who of Napa royalty – Harlan, Screaming Eagle, Grace Family, Sloan, Blankiet, Staglin, Colgin and Araujo all use his services. If you need the best advice on where to plant, what to plant, how to prune, train and handle your vines so as to ensure you reap only the finest fruit possible from any given vineyard in Napa, the man you want to call is David Abreu.
So it’s hardly surprising he has some pretty stunning vineyard sites of his own. With Brad Grimes in the winery, the pair strive to articulate site above all, with a less is more approach to the actual winemaking. Most of the wines are the result of co-fermentations of varieties based on pick dates from each site, an unusual yet growing philosophy which many believe creates better harmony in the final wines. The results are what Antonio Galloni refers to as “some of the most compelling expressions of Napa Valley terroir readers will come across.“
Normally reserved for his mailing list clients, we are delighted to able to offer a selection of Abreu wines from the 2011 vintage – a vintage that posed more than a few problems throughout the growing season, and yet in the hands of Abreu and Grimes, has produced some spectacular results. There are four single vineyards and a blend of all four sites in the Rothwell Hyde. Selection is so stringent that grapes David and Brad aren’t totally happy are sold off to some of Napa’s finest wineries.
In Robert Parker’s words “As I wrote last year, the work that the famous viticulturist and wine producer David Abreu does, along with his assistant Brad Grimes, is at the top of the qualitative hierarchy in California, if not the entire world. His four vineyards produce ravishing wines of great richness, complexity and aging potential. Even in vintages where others might stumble, such as 2011, somehow Abreu’s magic in the vineyard translates into wines of fabulous intensity and compelling quality in the bottle. Obviously, great vintages such as 2010, 2012 and 2013 offer potentially profound drinking experiences. None of this comes cheap, nor are these wines easy to access as virtually everything is sold via a mailing list and to a handful of the nation’s finest restaurants. In any event, tasting with Abreu and Grimes was one of the highlights of my recent trip to Napa.”
Stocks are extremely limited so please contact your account manager to request an allocation. The hotly tipped 2012’s will be released in the Autumn.