While Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted, there are plenty of surprises in Napa Valley for wine lovers who want to experience premium wines that are a little off the beaten path. For instance, the region is home to a whole world of other grapes that make for equally as interesting pinot noirs and red blends.
Strala Vineyards is proud to offer several different types of premium red wines to please your palate and taste for adventure.
Napa Valley Red Wines
There’s no denying that Napa Valley is best known for producing some of the world’s finest cabernet sauvignon—it comprises the majority of the area’s production and crop value. The Napa Valley Vintners Association is made up of more than 500 wineries, many of which produce small lot wines that are loved by critics and consumers alike.
In the early days, many premium products tried their hand with Pinot Noirs, but the region’s too-hot climate often proved too much for the thin-skinned grape. But while Napa’s Pinot plantings have declined, they’re growing strong in Sonoma County, so it’s still possible to find some excellent Pinots, including from Strala Vineyards.
Way back in 1974, a Midwest-born construction entrepreneur named Joseph Phelps and his German winemaker, Walter Schug, caused quite the stir in Napa Valley when they released the region’s first vintage of a red blend that included Cab Sauv and Merlot. Today, Napa winemakers choose from Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot to make their signature blends. The area is now nearly, if not as famous for its blends as it is for its signature Cabs.
Small Lot Premium Red Wines From Strala Vineyards
Strala Vineyards currently offers two non-Cabs in our reds collection.
- 2017 Pinot Noir. Highly rated by Vivino, our Pinot Noir has a deep and savory complexion and is full of aromas of pomegranate, raspberries, and lavender. It shows well in its early years and can be expected to age gracefully for ten to 15 years.
- 2018 Proprietary Red Blend. A unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel, our latest red blend offers a pleasing aromatic array of ripe dark cherry, pomegranate, and cranberry with notes of mocha and cherry wood.
We’re also proud to offer three signature Cabernet Sauvignons, including our 2018 Cabernet, 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Silver Spur, and our 2018 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, a breakthrough new wine made from grapes grown in the Sleeping Lady and Upper Range Vineyards.
As a Napa Valley premium wine producer, Strala Vineyards believes one of the greatest joys of winemaking is knowing how sharing wine can bring people together, sparking great conversation and strengthening relationships. Ready to taste some of our signature red wines? Make a visit to Strala a part of your next small lot wines tour. You can find us on the Brasswood Estate in St. Helena every day from 10 to 5. Stop by and say hello—we look forward to sharing our love of winemaking with you!