Our selection was fashioned by none other than Ca'Momi in Napa Valley. The winery was founded by three Italian expats - Stefano Migotto, Dario De Conti and Valentina Guolo-Migotto - in 2006. Stefano and Dario share winemaking duties. Stefano is a third-generation distiller from Northern Italy who also worked at his family's winery in the Veneto. And Dario began his formal wine education at 14, studying for 10 years while working at his family's pizzeria.
When the three partners came to California, what they saw in the Napa Valley made them want to stay for good. Ca'Momi is named after a local character from Veneto, Italy - Momi de Bionda - who was obsessed with his winery and vineyards. Apparently,the three partners share this obsession.
In a very short time (at least in wine years), Ca'Momi has become one of the leading production houses for small wineries who can't afford their own equipment. Among his other talents, Stefano Migotto is also a superb mechanic. This is an incredibly fortuitous gift, especially if you've ever seen a bottling line in a winery; they have been known to drive winemakers literally mad.
We, meanwhile, are figuratively mad about this wine and you will be too. It may not say Napa on the label, but it certainly says it in the glass. They wouldn't divulge the grapes' source, but it's not hard to tell.
Here is the essence of great Cabernet with all the trimmings. The violet and plum nose gives way to the rich, ripe cranberry and black cherry flavors and completes the experience with a haunting, daunting and daring finish.
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