Black Stallion Estate Winery

Unison
2011 Red Wine
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 8
Vintage

2011

Black Stallion Estate Winery

Unison

Red Wine
Napa Valley

10 cases produced

E pluribus unum: out of many, one. Unison is the gathering of Napa Valley’s diverse growing regions into one bottle. We celebrate the bounty of the Valley by carefully selecting only the best fruit from our favorite vineyards. Each vineyard block is fermented and aged separately; these site-specific lots are then artfully blended. Our Premiere offering highlights the magic of intermingling flavors from Atlas Peak, Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain, Oak Knoll and other select vineyard blocks into a beautifully balanced whole that is luxuriously greater than the sum of its parts. Unison is crafted predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with small additions of other varietals. Opulent dark red fruit flavors are framed by ripe, supple tannins, a rich mouthfeel with a touch of French oak on the lingering finish.


Aging Process

Aged for 18-20 months in French oak, 40% new French oak, 30% once used French oak and 30% second and third filled French oak.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.75

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

David Ostheimer

Winemaker, Black Stallion Estate Winery

Winemaker, David Ostheimer

David currently leads the winemaking team at Black Stallion Estate Winery. “It’s such fun,” he says. “We have the most phenomenal team, completely dedicated to doing the best we possibly can. Most importantly, the Indelicato family is totally supportive of us.”

Country born: United States

Education: “All my life, I’ve loved science,” says David Ostheimer, Winemaker for Napa Valley’s Black Stallion Estate Winery. Initially, David channeled this passion towards medicine and earned a degree in Biology/Pre-Medicine at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. At the same time, his mother opened a wine shop just outside of Boston, giving David exposure to wines from around the world.

David was intrigued by wine, especially the science of winemaking. As his interest developed, David had an epiphany: “Since I couldn’t afford to drink the wines I liked, I thought I would try to make them.” He moved to California and obtained a Master of Science in Agricultural Science (Analytical Chemistry and Enology) from California State University of Fresno.

After graduation, David actively sought opportunities with wineries around the world. He worked and studied at Chateau Rieussec (Bordeaux, France), La Cave Cooperative de Blanquette de Limoux (Limoux, France), Vitis Research (Fresno, CA), Mazzocco Vineyards (Healdsburg, CA), Simi Winery, (Healdsburg, CA), Cloudy Bay Winery (Blenheim, New Zealand), and Louis M. Martini Winery (St. Helena, CA).

Along the way, David had the benefit to work alongside Michel Rolland, Zelma Long, Kevin Judd and Nick Goldschmidt world-class winemakers who greatly influenced David and his winemaking style. “I was so lucky to learn from these talented winemakers, for example, Zelma’s incredible attention to detail, Michel’s blending ability, Kevin’s skill with Sauvignon Blanc and Nick’s ability to connect the fruit attributes with winemaking.”

David has served as both President and Vice President of the California Enological Research Association (CERA), and as a member of the Sonoma County Wine Technical Group and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
David’s winemaking philosophy focuses on balance. “My goal is to allow the fruit to express itself and not be too heavy handed in the cellar,” he explains. Balance also comes from David’s skill in sourcing fruit from Napa Valley’s diverse range of AVAs. “I feel like a kid in a candy store,” he says. “I can choose the best fruit Napa Valley has to offer and blend it to create very special wines.”

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