A NEW BAR FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS
A NEW HIGH BAR FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.
John Anthony Vineyard’s 20th anniversary year is coming to a close. We set the bar high with a year of special releases, memorable dinners, and outstanding events that celebrated two decades of heritage, wine growing, and winemaking. Here’s a little look back…and a teaser of what to expect as John Anthony embarks on our next chapter.
MORE VINEYARD-DESIGNATED RELEASES THAN EVER
John has devoted over two decades to crafting Napa Valley wines—uncovering hidden gem estates, selecting the precise varietals and clones to grow there, and optimizing each growing season. Time, patience, and consistency have paid off. Our 20th-anniversary releases brought 16 new releases to the John Anthony portfolio, with a special focus on vineyard-designate bottlings—greatly expanding our Cabernet Sauvignon program. Tasting single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon side by side in the new “Cab is King” tasting experience, brings appreciation for this noble varietal to another level. We invite you to join us here in downtown Napa.
The 2023 Spring Release included eight releases, including the striking 2019 John Anthony GnR Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2019 John Anthony Epps Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, an ultra-limited from the smallest of John’s Oak Knoll District vineyards. The 2023 Fall Release was followed by eight additional releases including the 2019 John Anthony Twisted Oak Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2020 John Anthony Crane Vineyard Merlot, both vineyards in The Oak Knoll District that John has been farming for 20 years now.
A GROWING SEASON WORTHY OF CELEBRATION
This year brought a long and bountiful growing season. An unusually wet winter and early spring brought ample vine development. The moderate spring and summer with few heat spikes allowed for a gradual and gentle ripening period. Each key indicator (bud break, bloom, and veraison) occurred approximately two to four weeks later than usual, setting the tone for an unusually late harvest. Both the quality and yields we’ve seen are exceptional across all our estates and we are beyond excited to craft these wines over the coming months and years to eventually release them as John Anthony’s 20th-anniversary vintage.
HISTORIC DINNER CELEBRATIONS
The 20th anniversary year was filled with a series of incredible new events, including nine Michelin-caliber dinners hosted at the historic John Anthony Church Vineyards. These remarkable culinary experiences featured passed appetizers, an amuse bouche, and a five-course seated dinner paired with an array of library offerings, spanning back to the inaugural 2003 vintages. These special dinners allowed us to bring together loyal patrons and friends, many of whom have borne witness to the first 20 years of our evolution. We look forward to continuing these in 2024 and invite you to learn more.
PHILANTHROPY AND FUN
In gratitude for 20 years of making beautiful wines here in Napa Valley, we brought John Anthony wines from the Tasting Lounge to various events across the country in support of important causes, and special interests. It was a gift to meet up with current LIST members and share our wines with new communities. It is a program we plan to continue—please enquire with the John Anthony wine education and hospitality team. We hope to see you at many of these events next year too.
- BottleRock Napa Valley Platinum Lounge
- Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction
- Aspen FOOD & WINE Classic
- V Foundation Wine Celebration
- Harvest STOMP
- One Mind Music Festival
In a stunning culmination of celebrations, we closed out the year with the John Anthony Platinum Celebration hosting LIST members, our friends, family, partners, and team at the historic John Anthony Mansion. A magical evening from start to finish with La Dame Michele poured alongside The Caviar Co., gourmet food pairings, library pourings, a silent auction, platinum desserts, and dancing until late. It was an incredible evening to remember and possibly repeat… Join The LIST to be assured an invitation. Learn more.