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MEET THE INDUSTRIOUS VINTNERS PIONEERING A BETTER TOMORROW
“Consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to buying wine — but not many options for older wines. We are offering them an opportunity to get an aged wine at the same price they would pay for a new release.” - Ignacio Delgadillo Jr., Co-Founder, Delgadillo Cellars
The idea of a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon came to fruition for the first time in history in Delgadillo Cellars. Further, Delgadillo Cellars ages all of their wines for many, many years before releasing them - a perfect opportunity for those who love aged Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
They’re experts of their craft, and launched Delgadillo Cellars in 2001 with a 30-year history of working in the vineyards, and 21 years of winemaking in The Napa Valley.
Winemaker Ignacio Delgadillo, Sr., started in the wine industry working in the vineyards in 1975 at Freemark Abbey. He was Cellar Master during the days when Freemark produced one of the top Cabernet Sauvignon releases in the world, winning the famous Judgement of Paris / Paris Wine Tasting. (Have you seen the 2008 hit film Bottle Shock?)
After all those years in the vineyards and in the winery, Ignacio and his son, Ignacio Delgadillo Jr., found and selected a small vineyard along Mill Creek in the northwest part of the valley.
The Cabernet vines in Mill Creek Vineyard were planted thirty years prior, between 1971 and 1976. Spur pruned, ladder trained, and completely dry-farmed, the fruit from these vines is superbly concentrated, complex, and elegant. Delgadillo Cellars is truly a family-run farm, hand tending the fruit from bud break to bottling - something quite unseen from most wine producers today.
Each Delgadillo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon release spends several years in French Oak and has been bottle-aged for at least three years in ideal cellar conditions before release. Delgadillo Cellars wines are an authentic family affair, steeped in the traditions of The Napa Valley winegrowing.
Along the way, Ignacio Sr. also used his talents to consult as a private vineyard contractor and established Wine Country Cases, a premiere custom wood box and packaging company for shipping wine bottles. When he was working at Freemark Abbey the market for wooden shipping boxes was geared to larger companies and there wasn’t an option for smaller made to order custom boxes. Seeing a need for this, Ignacio and his partner started hand crafting boxes on a small scale. Today, more than 20 years since this company was founded, they employ a number of people and produce over 50 different styled boxes – mostly for the wine industry but also for the food industry and other retailers. Visit: www.winecountrycases.com for more information.
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