The Journey of Hope, Opportunity and Perseverance
There’s no denying the challenges presented over the past year have been daunting in every facet of life. Global pandemics and regional fires burdened an already demanding industry that has overcome adversity time and time again. But life, like winemaking, is a journey of hope, opportunity, and perseverance. When smoke, char, ash, and debris were remnants of the Glass Fire in 2020 and challenged the spirit of the Napa Valley and Sonoma, it was met with resilience.
It took the life work of many away far too soon. Fantesca’s scars were limited to harvest equipment and the winery’s iconic tasting deck overlooking the vineyard that had hosted proposals, celebrations, and more cheers than ever imaginable. Despite the challenges presented, hope guided the spirits of the team.
La Petite Rose
The ingenuity of world-class winemaker Heidi Barrett has shined bright. Saving estate fruit and utilizing 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Fantesca’s estate vineyard on Spring Mountain presented the opportunity to release its first rosé since 2011, La Petite Rose. In an industry where the only thing better than the wine is a good story, this release means everything to a small family-owned winey looking for the silver lining.
“I’m particularly proud of this wine made in such a difficult year,” said Heidi Barrett. “From chaos came beauty, and all of us at Fantesca hope you enjoy this wine, the only one we were able to produce from our estate vineyards this year.”
Now Fantesca aims to welcome guests back to its esteemed Spring Mountain tasting room with newly curated experiences paired with hospitality excellence that has been fundamental to its success. “With star winemakers Heidi Barrett and Tony Arcudi in the cellar and super-sommelier DLynn Proctor steering the ship, Fantesca has ascended the ranks of the Napa Valley elite in record time,” said Ian Cauble, founder of SommSelect and cast member of the acclaimed wine documentary SOMM. “At the core of everything is the best possible mountain-grown fruit, both from the home base on Spring Mountain and other prime high-elevation Napa sites.”
Fantesca has long held that great wine isn’t a trophy to collect but a treasure to be shared with family and close friends. When touring the acclaimed Spring Mountain AVA, be sure to add this destination as a must-see experience for excellent views, curated experiences, and world-class winemaking.
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