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July 25, 2023 | John Anthony Vineyards

John Anthony Vineyards Gives Back in Celebration of 20th Anniversary

Each year at John Anthony Vineyards, we renew and celebrate our fundraising efforts in support of philanthropic events that positively impact the community and beyond. We proudly announce the upcoming partnerships in the continued celebration of John Anthony Vineyard’s 20th anniversary.

John Anthony Vineyards has been an active supporter of the V Foundation for Cancer Research for over 10 years. We are honored to be a part of the 25th year of the V Foundation’s Wine Celebration weekend in the heart of Napa Valley on August 3-6, 2023. 

John Anthony will bring a taste of the 20th Anniversary Dinner Series to the Rock the V party and concert on August 4, 2023, with special pourings and gourmet pairings including Regiis Ova caviar and Hog Island oysters. Paired alongside exclusive John Anthony wines like La Dame Michele Blanc de Mélange, Sauvignon Blanc from Los Carneros, Reserve Chardonnay, Syrah from Los Carneros, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. All proceeds from this premier wine country fundraiser will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research, a non-profit organization founded by ESPN and legendary basketball coach, Jim Valvano, to support cutting-edge cancer research with one collective goal–Victory Over Cancer. 

“John and Michele have been long-time supporters of the V Foundation, both at the Wine Celebration and our other events held across the country,” said Jane Baer, Managing Director of V Foundation Wine Celebration. “In our milestone 30th year as a foundation and 25th anniversary of the Wine Celebration, we are grateful for their advocacy and generosity as we work to create a world where no one will fear the word cancer again.”

John Anthony Vineyards will also support as the Presenting Partner of Harvest STOMP, a beloved fundraising event supporting Napa Valley Grapegrowers and the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation, taking place on August 26, 2023. Throughout the event, John Anthony will be pouring exclusive John Anthony wines like La Dame Michele Blanc de Mélange, Sauvignon Blanc from Los Carneros, Reserve Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon from Coombsville. 

As STOMP’s Presenting Partner, John Anthony Vineyards will dedicate funds, resources, and wines to the event which raises millions of dollars each year to provide education that supports the preservation of ag land and addresses wildfire, water, soil and climate concerns, as well as support and promote Napa Valley’s vineyard workers with education and professional development, including adult literacy, management training, and mentorship programs to foster the next generations of industry leaders. 

“We’re thrilled to have John Anthony Vineyards celebrate their 20th Anniversary at Harvest STOMP as Presenting Partner,” said Sonya DeLuca, Interim Executive Director at Napa Valley Grapegrowers. “As grape growers, vintners, and vineyard managers, John Anthony Family of Wines understands the importance of supporting farmworkers and their families, and being an active part of the Napa Valley community.”

In addition to sponsoring these philanthropic-focused fundraisers, John Anthony Vineyards will continue hosting a series of intimate dinners to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. 

“Giving back to our community has always gone hand in hand with growing the John Anthony Family of Wines portfolio here in Napa Valley,” said John Anthony Truchard, Founder and CEO of John Anthony Family of Wines. “It’s an honor to expand our partnerships with both the V Foundation Wine Celebration and Harvest STOMP fundraising events whose missions mean so much to Michele and me personally. We hope to only increase our efforts in supporting these incredible organizations for many more years to come.”

Time Posted: Jul 25, 2023 at 9:00 AM Permalink to John Anthony Vineyards Gives Back in Celebration of 20th Anniversary Permalink
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July 11, 2023 | John Anthony Vineyards

Crane Vineyard Merlot: A John Anthony Icon

Among the world’s most popular red wine varietals, Merlot remains a timeless classic and John Anthony Crane Vineyard Merlot is among the best of the best. This extravagantly textured wine hails from the very first vineyard that John planted. Join us now as we celebrate this enduring John Anthony icon. 

The new release 2019 John Anthony Crane Vineyard Merlot is a stunning example of Merlot. Crane Vineyard holds a special place for John, as the four-acres of vines resides on a property long owned by the family of his wife, Michele. With the first Crane Vineyard Merlot vines planted in 1996, this vineyard site ignited John's unwavering passion for Napa Valley's Oak Knoll district. These vines continue to grow in maturity and stature, producing a beautifully structured Merlot that is both velvety and sumptuous.

Elegant, juicy, and bold–John Anthony Crane Vineyard Merlot displays unique qualities characterized by the rich terroir and cool temperatures in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. This French clone varietal was barrel aged for 20 months in 60% New French Oak creating a delicate wine with prominent notes of dark fruit layered with undertones of baking spices and mocha. 

A Spotlight on Crane Vineyard 

John is now opening his personal library to share earlier vintages of the small-production, sought-after Crane Vineyard Merlot at the next John Anthony Vineyards 20th Anniversary Dinner on Saturday, July 29th. This Michelin-caliber event features farm-fresh seasonal dishes paired with library selections dating back to some of the earliest releases of the Crane Vineyard Merlot. The striking age-worthiness of this Merlot will shine in every glass. This culinary experience is reserved for a maximum of 10 cherished guests amid the incomparable setting of our historic Church Vineyard estate. 

You may also acquire a curated library bundle featuring the 2017 through 2019 vintages of the John Anthony Crane Vineyard Merlot—perfect for the cellar of any Merlot connoisseur. 

Unmissable Experiences

Adding to the list of unmissable experiences, we extend a warm invitation to save the dates for two upcoming events featuring John Anthony, set to take place during the upcoming summer and fall seasons.

Join us at our Fall Equinox Party on Saturday, September 23rd as we unveil our spectacular collection of Fall Release wines while punctuating this momentous 20th anniversary year. 

RESERVE List and ONE List members will be treated to a spectacular celebration on Friday, September 22nd as we share the latest vintages of the hyper-limited John Anthony ONE wines—Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Finally, our monthly 20th Anniversary Dinner Series will continue into the fall and holiday season, all showcasing rare library selections from John Anthony’s heritage estates. 

Time Posted: Jul 11, 2023 at 8:45 AM Permalink to Crane Vineyard Merlot: A John Anthony Icon Permalink
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June 13, 2023 | John Anthony Vineyards

Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon: A Celebration

Bottle of 2019 John Anthony Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Join us this June as we turn the spotlight on the highly anticipated 2019 John Anthony Coombsville Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and its vintage library counterparts. 

The 2019 John Anthony Coombsville Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon lands as one of the single-vineyard gems in our Spring Release collection. John established this four-acre estate before Coombsville was even recognized as a designated AVA—a testament to his pioneering belief in what has become a coveted Napa Valley district. 

John is now opening his personal library to showcase earlier vintages of the Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon at the next 20th Anniversary Dinner, hosted at our historic Church Vineyard estate on June 24. The journey and evolution of our Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon will come alive in the glass as we treat you to an unmissable Michelin-caliber culinary experience designed exclusively for a maximum of ten guests. The wines will be expertly paired with beautiful farm-fresh seasonal dishes prepared by our Estate Chef, formerly of the French Laundry. 

John’s vision for Coombsville Vineyard is rooted in Napa Valley tradition. The vines are head trained, spur pruned and dry farmed—a heritage-style of viticulture that presents as wild and untamed and produces expressive, concentrated flavors. These legacy winegrowing methods help the vines conserve energy while protecting the beneficial insects in the Coombsville ecosystem. 

The fruits of John’s vision are abundant in the new release 2019 vintage, which presents dark, brooding hues in the glass. Deep blackberry, pome and blue fruit aromas are accentuated by notes of dried herbs and graphite. The blue and black fruit impressions continue on the palate, accompanied by blue flowers, pepper and gravelly soil. This cellar-worthy vintage delivers power, depth and well-defined structure on the finish. Only 323 handcrafted cases were produced.

Savor the magic of John Anthony’s Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon dating back to its earliest vintages by reserving your seat at the table for our next anniversary dinner. Immerse yourself in the captivating narrative and rich heritage of these exceptional library wines as the John Anthony team takes you on a journey, making an impression that will last a lifetime. We cannot wait to spend this special evening with you.

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2023 at 8:00 AM Permalink to Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon: A Celebration Permalink
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May 16, 2023 | John Anthony Vineyards

INVITATION: 20th Anniversary Dinner Series—John Anthony Vineyards

Join John Anthony to commemorate our remarkable 20-year journey with an exclusive culinary series designed to captivate your senses.

The historic Church Vineyard estate sets the stage for guests to gather for an intimate affair of exceptional wine and cuisine beginning May 20th, 2023. Tour our stunning 4-acre hidden gem vineyard that John has been farming since 2003. Once a month, witness the changes of this idyllic setting throughout the growing season: bud break, veraison and harvest for an unforgettable experience.

Mark your calendars for a select Napa Valley experience like no other—each focused on a vineyard, varietal, vertical or vintage that defines the John Anthony portfolio. Each event is limited to ten guests for a truly intimate and memorable evening.

Join us: 

Saturday, May 20th: Showcasing our sought-after Church Vineyard Sauvignon Blancs with some of its vintage library counterparts.
Saturday, June 24th: The June dinner in our 20th anniversary dinner series will boast our original single vineyard Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon and its vintage library counterparts.
Saturday, July 29th: The fifth in this series of dinners will feature our small production Crane Vineyard Merlot and some vintage library selections. 
Friday, September 22nd: The only ONE Dinner in the dinner series, showcasing the very best single barrel Cabernet Sauvignon that we produce – The ONE. This private dinner includes library selections dating back to the inaugural vintages of The ONE, which is a wine that is never poured outside of allocations to our top tier of List Allocation members. 
Saturday, October 21st: Our October dinner will showcase the depth of our incredible Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon – including our newest releases, accompanied by some of the inaugural vintages that John produced. 
Saturday, November 18th: The eighth in our 20th anniversary dinner series will feature our cult-classic Syrah, accompanied by features from our Oak Knoll District and micro-production of Crane Vineyard. 
Saturday, December 16th: The ninth and final dinner in our 20th anniversary dinner series will showcase every iteration of La Dame Michele that we have produced. Truly a dream come true for sparkling wine aficionados.

Greeted by the John Anthony wine education and hospitality team with the La Dame Michele Blanc de Mélange sparkling in hand, you’ll enjoy a vineyard tour with appetizers before heading inside the stunningly renovated church at the center of the property.

Expert wine and food pairings by our Estate Chef, formerly of the French Laundry, will bring you on your chosen journey of John Anthony’s classic Napa Valley wines—each beginning with Sauvignon Blanc grown here at Church Vineyard.

Carefully crafted pairings will heighten the enjoyment of the wines while the John Anthony team shares the provenance of each wine and the inspiration for each course served.

Rounding out the evening, Chef will serve the dessert course paired with John Anthony Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc produced from Church Vineyards only in those vintages with specific conditions that create this luscious wine.

The John Anthony team is excited to welcome you to this unique celebration. Please enquire at or 707-265-7711 to reserve your place.

A Year of Celebrations
In addition to the John Anthony 20th Anniversary Dinner Series, please join us at these iconic wine events, including:
BottleRock Napa Valley, Platinum Lounge on May 26th in Napa Valley, California: Exceptional Sommeliers and Masters of Wine will host a tasting of John Anthony Signature releases to the soundtrack of incredible world-class musicians.
Collective Napa Valley Barrel Auction on June 2nd in Napa Valley, California: Join us in support of the broader Napa Valley Community at this auction hosted by Napa Valley Vintners. Bid on a unique John Anthony barrel offering of Cabernet Sauvignon
FOOD & WINE Classic from June 16th -18th in Aspen, Colorado: Join us under the Grand Tasting tent of the leading US food and wine festival.
V Foundation Wine Celebration from August 3rd-6th in Napa Valley, California: Proudly sponsoring the esteemed V Foundation in its 25th year.

• Harvest STOMP on Saturday, August 26th in Napa Valley, California. Join us as we celebrate 16 years of raising paddles to protect local agricultural land and support farmworkers through Harvest STOMP.

Please connect with the John Anthony Wine Education & Hospitality team to learn more about the 20th Anniversary Dinner Series and Year of Celebrations events.

Reserve now to join these one-of-a-kind curated Napa Valley experiences. 

Time Posted: May 16, 2023 at 10:00 AM Permalink to INVITATION: 20th Anniversary Dinner Series—John Anthony Vineyards Permalink
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April 13, 2023 | John Anthony Vineyards

John Anthony Vineyards: Stewardship

When I moved with my family to Napa Valley in 1974, the world was just discovering its potential. Almost 40 years later Napa Valley’s stunning terroir is still preserved and John Anthony Vineyards celebrates 20 years of making wines here. I have so much to be grateful for.

The Napa Valley Ag Preserve 1968 was established just 4 years prior to my family, the Truchards purchasing land here. 1974 was also the pivotal year when Napa Valley wines took the global stage in the now famed Judgment of Paris putting these special 89,000 acres on the map of world-class wine regions. Together with luminaries including Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, Mike Grgich, Dan Duckhorn, and Larry Hyde, my father Tony Truchard joined the pioneering Napa Valley grape growing community. I grew up helping to farm our vineyards and learning what it takes to grow and craft world-class wines.

In this my 20th year in the wine industry it’s a key moment to reflect. John Anthony Vineyards has flourished under the principles and values I inherited—find the absolute best places to grow great wines and be a dedicated steward to the terroir. Terroir is everything that shapes John Anthony wines—selecting hidden-gem vineyard sites; planting the exact right varietal and clone; responding daily to the weather of the vintage; and growing the talent of our team—vineyard management, viticulture and winemaking. It is my privilege to oversee every detail using what I’ve learned alongside current practices and tools—not only for this year’s vintage, but that of the next 20 years. 

As part of the next generation to steward Napa Valley, my aim is to pay it forward by emulating those pioneering vintners, especially my father, as well as being a mentor myself. I work proudly and actively in our community with essential organizations such as Napa Valley Vintners; Napa Valley Grapegrowers and Farmworker Foundation; and Winegrowers of Napa County. In celebration of our 20th year you will find John Anthony Vineyards wines poured and auctioned at iconic fundraising events including Collective Napa Valley, June 2nd, V Foundation Wine Celebration August 3rd and Harvest STOMP August 26th. It’s an honor and a joy to be able to do what I love every day and I’m humbled by the continuously growing support of our wines these last 20 years and where the next 20 years will bring us. I hope for our team, our wines and our loyal patrons that the best is yet to come.

- John Anthony Truchard

Time Posted: Apr 13, 2023 at 9:00 AM Permalink to John Anthony Vineyards: Stewardship Permalink
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February 14, 2023 | John Anthony Vineyards

A BANNER 2023: Early Rains Set the Pace

When the recent series of rainstorms blew through Napa Valley, soil erosion was minimal across John Anthony’s Napa Valley estates. Careful winter cover cropping and slope management made the difference, a reflection of John’s viticultural expertise. 

We now enter the new year with an excellent reserve of soil moisture, the likes of which we have not seen since the stellar 2015 vintage.

The rainfall has been a boon to Napa Valley winegrowers, replenishing vineyard soils and water sources across the region. At the John Anthony Vineyards’ estates, the high soil moisture has set the pace for the 2023 growing season and expectations for the vintage are already high.

“Field Capacity”

The persistent late December and early January rainstorms in Napa Valley were a welcome sight. In the succinct words of Sander Scheer, John Anthony Vineyards Director of Vineyard Operations at FARM Napa Valley: “It was incredible.”

Replenished soils will provide a nourishing resource for healthy shoot growth and excellent canopy development. All of this minimizes the need for supplemental irrigation early in the season.

“It’s always great when we can start off like this, with the soil moisture at what we call ‘field capacity’—fully saturated,” Sander added.“You hear a lot about vine stress translating to enhanced fruit quality and concentration, but we’re not really interested in stressing the vines until later in the growing season.”

All that said, the John Anthony Vineyard team would still like to see additional rain leading up to bud break, which typically starts in mid-March. “Once you get some days in the ’70s, especially if it’s breezy, things can start to dry out pretty quickly,” Sander says.

Erosion Control

Erosion control is something that the John Anthony Vineyard farming team takes seriously, as part of a larger commitment to responsible farming and environmental sensitivity. Persistent heavy rains can put erosion control measures to the test, but the John Anthony estates passed with flying colors this year.

Cover crops are planted every winter, including beans, peas and vetch. Their predominant benefit is to impart natural nutrients to the soil, but they also help control erosion by binding the soil together. Such cover crops are plentiful at our valley floor estates, such as R/D and GnR vineyards in the Oak Knoll District.

Along steeper slopes, such as those found at our Twisted Oak Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District and Carneros Gap Vineyard in the Los Carneros AVA, the vineyard team seeds the ground with perennial grasses, which provide an even stronger erosion-control presence. Finally, they flake out bales of wheat straw in steeper zones of the vineyard, further inhibiting runoff.

All of these measures paid off, making the rainfall a win-win for the John Anthony Vineyards team.

Terroir and Team

In short, John Anthony’s 20th anniversary year is off to a banner start, potentially foreshadowing stellar wines from the upcoming 2023 vintage. No matter what Mother Nature brings our way, we are grateful for our farming team’s outstanding skills and dedication to growing the best wine grapes possible. Worthy of particular mention is Rene Alejo of FARM Napa Valley, awarded joint first place in the 2023 Napa County Pruning competition. We are proud and grateful for our incredible terroir, this amazing team and the exceptional wines we craft.


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January 12, 2023 | John Anthony Vineyards

Legacy and Celebration: 20 Years of John Anthony Vineyards

As a second-generation winegrower who grew up admiring Napa Valley greats such as Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, Mike Grgich and his own father Tony Truchard, vintner John Anthony Truchard places great value on the virtue of endurance.

In other words, it’s not just about making remarkable wines—it’s about cultivating a legacy.

This is why John Anthony Vineyards’ 20th anniversary in 2023 means so much to John. It marks a telling milestone in his journey and sparks the next chapter in the brand’s unfolding story.

A Year of Celebration

No moment of this magnitude should pass without commensurate celebrations, which is why we have planned 20 special events throughout 2023 to mark our 20th anniversary—all for you, our cherished LIST members and loyal supporters. 

More details will unfold in the weeks and months ahead, but for now we encourage you to mark your calendars for the 20th Anniversary Soirée hosted by John on April 15th 2023, featuring coveted library wines as well as a special anniversary release. It all happens at the John Anthony Tasting Lounge in downtown Napa, where our Michelin-caliber winery chef will create delectable pairings for each of the three original John Anthony wines: Napa Valley Syrah, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (now the single-vineyard Twisted Oak Cabernet Sauvignon) and the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. 

This is one event not to be missed—and there will be many more as the year unfolds. As always, we will maintain our signature presence at BottleRock Napa Valley in May, the Napa Valley Barrel Auction in June; and our continued support of the V Foundation’s Wine Celebration and Napa Valley Grapegrower’s Harvest STOMP marking our 20th vintage. The annual John Anthony Fall Equinox Celebration will return with our highly anticipated fall release wines in September, and John will also host a limited series of exclusive vintner dinners in California, New York, Florida and Texas. 

Future Forward

As we look forward to this milestone year, there is also a sense of coming full circle. When John struck out on his own, planted his first Oak Knoll District estate and established John Anthony Vineyards, this is exactly what he had hoped to achieve 20 years hence: an exceptional portfolio of distinctive world-class Napa Valley wines with a loyal following and an exciting future yet to be written.

As a self-made vintner who has invested greatly in the City of Napa, John has another reason to celebrate this year: he has been named the 2023 Napa Citizen of the Year by the Napa Chamber of Commerce, awarded annually “to a community member whose tireless passion and demonstration of vision for Napa serves as an inspiration to many.” 

Best of all, this is a shared journey. Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, and if you are a newcomer to the John Anthony experience, we say: welcome. Together, we will make 2023 distinctive, luxurious and unforgettable. 

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December 13, 2022 | John Anthony Vineyards

Intention & Celebration

Now that the 2022 vintage is in the books, we enter into a season of quiet intention. 

The intensity of the harvest season may have subsided, but we remain active and excited across all facets of the John Anthony Vineyards experience. We celebrate the accomplishments of another banner year here in Napa Valley, while looking ahead to our milestone 20th anniversary. 

In the Vineyard

In the vineyard, this is a time to take stock and prepare for the 2023 growing season to come. The viticulture team has been busy seeding our estates with cover crops, which in time will sprout with luscious green growth along the vine rows. These cover crops will help renew the soils with organic material, imparting nutrients that the vines will draw upon throughout the growing season. 

We are also winterizing our vineyards with straw and wattles, which will provide erosion control in the event of heavy rains. Another seasonal task is to clean out the bird and owl boxes that are strategically placed around our vineyards. These boxes attract avian predators that naturally keep troublesome vineyard pests in check. 

Additionally, we are looking beyond next year with new Cabernet Sauvignon plantings at our estate R&D Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District. This signature estate planted by John Anthony Truchard in 2002 remains an essential part of our best Cabernet Sauvignon program. These new vines will advance this legacy when they start producing fruit in late 2024.   

At the Winery

The last of the fermentation tanks and bins have been emptied, and all of the young 2022 wines have been barreled down. 

The 2022 growing season saw steady temperatures until the arrival of a sustained early September heat wave that had every winemaker on their toes from Napa Valley down through the Central Coast. 

“For our whites and mid-season reds like Syrah and Merlot, we saw great flavors early on at lower maturity levels,” said John Anthony Winemaker Jeff Kandarian. “The heat wave hurried our later-ripening varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon. This can be troubling,  but after tasting through several barrels they are evolving really well already. We are seeing excellent color and concentration in the reds.”

Looking Ahead

The end of this year is now punctuated with an exclusive landmark release from John Anthony—the 2017 La Dame Michele, Single Vineyard Blanc de Blanc.

La Dame Michele is the classic mark of John Anthony’s handcrafted sparkling wine program, inspired and led by John’s wife Michele. Now comes the 2017 La Dame Michele Single Vineyard Blanc de Blanc, our first estate-grown, single-vineyard release. This elegant Blanc de Blanc spent a remarkable five years en tirage. Born of the standards practiced by the great Champagne houses, this sparkling wine is ethereally bright and light with rich, creamy undertones. It has exceeded all expectations, and is now available on a first-come luxury allocation basis for those that truly appreciate exceptional sparkling wines

This wine signals the celebrations to come in 2023—most notably our 20th anniversary year since the founding of John Anthony Vineyards. 

John Anthony LIST members and supporters can expect a spectacular year of events, experiences and products accessible here in Napa at our estate properties and out on the road. We look forward to announcing these in January, along with spring and fall release dates. 

Join us—we cannot wait to share all that John Anthony has in store for 2023. 

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October 1, 2022 | John Anthony Vineyards

John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon - A Varietal Legacy

John Anthony Truchard - Napa Valley Vintner

A Varietal Legacy

As we draw near to the 20th anniversary year of John Anthony Vineyards, we reflect on the signature grape varietal that is not only synonymous with Napa Valley, but also with our handcrafted wines: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Patience & Vision

Our story begins when second-generation Napa Valley winegrower John Anthony Truchard struck out on his own to create an exclusive namesake boutique winery. His quest was founded on vision and patience—two qualities that he’d always admired in the region’s great winemaking pioneers, including Robert Mondavi, André Tchelistcheff, Mike Grgich, Dan Duckhorn Larry Hyde and his father Tony Truchard.

John knew this would not happen overnight. And although his vision was clear, resources were limited. The first step came when John leased Twisted Oak Vineyard, the first of what would ultimately become four John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon estates in the Oak Knoll District.

With just six acres of vines nestled on the steep hillside of Mount Veeder, Twisted Oak’s terroir provided everything John needed to produce a quintessential hillside Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Here, sun exposure varies with the contours of the land, imparting natural inflections to the fruit. The soil is clay loam over fractured shale. Yields are naturally moderate; small berries deliver purity of fruit, aromatic complexity and broad structure.

With the acquisition of Twisted Oak Vineyard, John’s new calling became tangible, with Cabernet Sauvignon leading the way.

Essential Estates

Cabernet Sauvignon was a natural focal point for John from the start: the global “king of varietals,” and the calling card of Napa Valley the world over.

Working on his family’s wine estate in Carneros, John had personally witnessed Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon’s ascent to the upper echelons of world-class wines. John’s vision included putting his own stamp on this noble varietal, his name on the bottle and creating a following for “John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon.” The very first vintage received a 93-point rating by Wine Spectator—the wine sold out quickly and so the John Anthony Vineyards journey began.

Coombsville Vineyard followed Twisted Oak as John’s next first-growth Cabernet Sauvignon estate. He saw immense potential in this tiny four-acre site years before the Coombsville sub-AVA was officially recognized. Here, John chose to practice “dry farming” without supplemental irrigation. This prompts the vine roots to run deep in search of moisture, ultimately creating more minerality in the wine.

Following in the footsteps of the Valley’s original winegrowers, John also head-trained the vines to help them conserve energy for the long slow growing season for which this nested AVA has become known. This form of trellising allows the vines to collect more energy from the sun. Together, dry farming and head training help balance all aspects of the terroir, producing judiciously stressed vines whose fruit is rich, complex and expressive of place.

Today, John Anthony’s Cabernet Sauvignon estates also include Calistoga Vineyard, Epps Vineyard, GnR Vineyard and R/D Vineyard. Collectively, these estates serve as the foundation of the John Anthony experience, all grown to John’s meticulous standards and vision.

Handcrafted Exclusives

Each year, these Cabernet Sauvignon estates produce John Anthony’s most coveted luxury, fine wines: the small-batch vineyard designates; the ultra-limited John Anthony Reserve composed of the best Cabernet lots from each vintage; and the pinnacle of our Cabernet Sauvignons, “The ONE.” This singular Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted from just a single barrel deemed to be the finest of them all. “The ONE” is an estate exclusive available only on allocation to LIST members.

Napa Valley’s Cabernet Season

As the vines become dormant, the weather cools and the evenings draw in, the recent vintage Cabernet Sauvignons are finishing up their fermentations and extended macerations. Locally we call this “Cabernet Season,” and it is the perfect time to visit the John Anthony Tasting Lounge in downtown Napa, and to taste our extensive Cabernet portfolio during this signature Napa Valley season.

Experience the world of John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon—a legacy now 20 years in the making.

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