Stephen Vincent Situm came to own his own winery in the best way possible.He worked his way up by learning from those who knew like Gallo, Mondavi, and Zellerbach of Hanzell. He also worked for one of the pioneers in importing great wines from France, Draper, and Esquin.
After 40 years, he decided to partner up with Bob Goyette, founder of La Crema and Hosssein Namdar, a vineyard owner, and manager in Lake County and Sonoma. And so it was in 2003 that it all came together.
They all knew that wine is made at a vineyard, so that's where they started. Instead of spending money on a winery, they spent it on a vineyard. You can make the wine anywhere, but you can't grow the grapes anywhere. So, they planted grapes in some of the best parts of Sonoma and purchased grapes from other premium vineyards. And contracted with custom crush facilities, like, Wine Hooligans, (how could you not love that name?) and off they went.
We were familiar with Vincent's wines from the very beginning, but he never made enough for us to feature them. When he finally did, we wasted no time in securing this fabulous selection.
Our Chardonnay comes of grapes from mostly Monterey County with additions from Edna Valley and Lodi. The cobblestone and sea matter in the soil blends seamlessly with the cool climate to make wine of incredible complexity. The length and complexity of this gem would be perfect with lobster thermidor or a scallop mousse.