About This Wine
Nicholas Molnar “discovered” the Napa Valley in the late 1960s.
Molnar escaped the Communist rule in Hungary in 1956 and moved to America. Napa reminded him of his homeland — so much so that he began buying up land and planting vineyards. In 1973, he developed Poseidon’s Vineyard in Carneros, an area of southern Napa inhabited mainly by sheep.
Some people thought he was crazy... until they tasted the grapes that Poseidon’s Vineyard produced. Before long, such esteemed names as Joseph Phelps, Heitz Cellars, Sterling, Pride Mountain, Acacia and Mumm Napa Valley were buying them.
Through the years, Molnar’s sons worked in the vineyard. When they came of age, they decided to set some of those grapes aside and make their own wine. That’s how Molnar Family Wines came to be, and the family has been crafting single-vineyard bottlings of cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay ever since. Now, you can “discover” this special place for yourself.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Poseidon’s Vineyard on Napa Side of Carneros Growing Area
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Red Plum, Vanilla, Caramel, Smoke, Sassafras, Tea and Spice
- Aging Vessels:Hungarian Oak Barrels (33% First Use) for 10 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestiona steak topped with mushrooms, of beef Burgundy.
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