Known for an extended growing season and producing Cabernet Sauvignon’s from their estate vineyard that are elegant and well balanced, the Oak Knoll District is the quintessential “sweet spot” on the valley floor. A destination for oenophiles, the 160-year- old veteran district is home to some of the most prestigious wineries in the world. For Ideology Cellars, their Oak Knoll vineyard bordering Dry Creek at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains was the inspiration behind the label.
“The uniqueness of the Vineyard is what inspired me. It has taken thousands of years for Mother Nature to create this special spot, centered in one of the largest and rare alluvial fans in Napa Valley” said Owner, Bob Williamson.Fervent wine collectors, Bob and Joni Williamson’s love evoked a journey full of passion, dedication and adventure. Successful entrepreneurs for over 20 years Bob and Joni’s experience enabled them to pursue their dreams in the Napa Valley in 2003. With the acquisition of a 20- acre vineyard located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District, Bob and Joni, along with their daughter, Ashlee (who recently received 96 pts fromRobert Parker- Wine Advocate for her first and only vintage-2007 a.j.), set out to produce exquisite, terroir driven, Napa Valley Cabernets.
After selling the adjoining custom crush facility and tasting room in 2010, the Williamson’s maintained the best vineyards with space for a new winery to focus solely on the Ideology label. A true“Cabernet House,” the boutique winery produces wines that reflect the region.
Lending years of industry experience and her artistic vision, Winemaker, Leigh Meyering, who owns her own wine lab,MyEnologist, has played a pivotal role in the development of the IdeologyCellars wine program since the 2015 vintage. Producing an Estate Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon, CabernetSauvignon, the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as well as their limited production, Cento and Barrel Select labels for wine club members, theIdeology wine portfolio consists of beautiful, opulent wines.
“We are very fortunate to have Leigh,” said Williamson. “She is making exceptional wine and showcasing what our vineyard can do.”
Pairing small production handcrafted wines with the beautiful modern elegance of the Silenus tasting room, guests can savor the ideology wine portfolio by selecting one of three tasting experiences, the Estate Tasting, Reserve Tasting and Barrel Tasting. Greeted with a glass of the Estate Rosé, guests are encouraged to relax and join the family as they embark on an unforgettable experience. We like to give a unique experience,” said Partner, Dawn Murray.
“When people come here, they are talking to owners. It’s very personal. Whether they are wine club members or new guests, everyone who comes in becomes an extension of our family. We personally take guests into the vineyard, we take them to the barrel room and treat them as if they are coming into our personal homes.”
Ideology Cellars: By Appointment
5225 Solano Ave. // Napa. CA 94558 // 707-226-2151
Article By: Valerie Owens