Carver Sutro in 2011: Our Wines Are Built to Last

Anne and I recently cracked open a bottle of our first vintage, 1998. I suppose it takes a really long relationship to many vintages to have confidence that one which was really excellent way back when, will still be worthy 11 years after bottling. To our profound enjoyment, the wine was absolutely luscious. The nose was still beautiful, albeit considerably rounded, mouth feel was firm and the finish was still satisfyingly prolonged.

We are reminded of Robert Parker's December, 2010, comments about 3 of our earlier vintages:

"... I tasted three older vintages, the 2004, 2002 and 2001, and all three will overload your senses. They are all fabulous wines that are evolving at a glacial pace. To reiterate, Petite Sirah is California's most underrated and long lived varietal." Wine Advocate, Issue 192, page 14.

Even though it is pretty well proven that most people drink their wines shortly after its purchase, we are beginning to understand that for those of us who are interested in following the development of fine wines, our wines are likely to be satisfying for years to come.

A Little Local Color: Are We Still Outsiders?

The Carver Sutros have been Calistogans for almost 20 years. Like so many small, agricultural and historical communities, Calistoga understandably embraces the "locals" and is suspicious of "outsiders." Anne and I have lived with our family a mere 1/2 mile outside the city limits, so we have been not only been "outsiders," but "out-of-towners" as well. As part of our intentional integrating process, we have raised our children in the local schools, and committed ourselves to causes which moved our hearts. In 1998, Anne founded the now highly successful Calistoga Family Center which provides a broad spectrum services for the less fortunate members of the upper Napa Valley, and I have dedicated myself to saving the undeveloped open space throughout the valley by working for over 10 years with the Land Trust of Napa County.

We are are inching towards "insider-ship" and for that we are grateful.

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