Dennis Martin is one of the most committed winemakers we've ever encountered. Every winemaker talks about the importance of the soil, but Dennis takes it a step further by making each wine from grapes sourced from only one vineyard. He says it's the only way to get the expression in the wine that the soil brings to it.
He's not really interested in arguing about this concept. Instead, he'll let the wine speak for itself. And his wines speak loudly.
In the case of our selection, the grapes came from Black Sears Vineyards, located at the highest peak on Howell Mountain, 2,400 feet above sea level. The Zinfandel vines were planted here over 40 years ago, making them some of the oldest in Napa.
The vineyard sits above the fog belt, where the air is cooler, but the sun brighter. This combination allows the grapes to slowly ripen on the vine, producing intensity beyond compare. The mountain soil along with the bright sun, cool temperature and a committed winemaker results in truly one of the most intense, dynamic and awe inspiring wines we've ever tasted.
Black Sears is a perfect name here because it signals the color of the wine. And Sanctuary? You've found it! The dense, dark color is an indication of what comes next: the blackberry nose, the licorice, damp earth and flavors of the stunning finish. You know you're drinking royalty.