Red Mare Wines

Alpha Mare
2017 Sauvignon Blanc

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 137
Vintage: 2017

Red Mare Wines

Alpha Mare

Sauvignon Blanc

5 cases produced


  • Single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, a co-fermentation of excellent and unique St. Peter’s Church and Musqué clones
  • From the Coombsville nested appellation, producing a complex, driven and energetic wine
  • Harvested and whole-cluster pressed at the height of freshness and purity
  • A special barrel selection from our favorite lightly toasted French oak barrel from Bertranges


Do you recall that white wine that opened your eyes? A white wine that forced you to acknowledge the artistry of a truly well-made and ageable white wine? Not just a summer sipper, this wine was something to be reckoned with, something deserving of respect if not reverence. Those wines with their tantalizing mix of freshness and complexity; their subtle minerality and full but clean texture have served as our inspiration. We did numerous tastings to align our ideas. We wanted to make a Napa Valley white wine that can age 10 or more years, that has layers, complexity, a touch of austerity but which also carries that traditional Napa Valley terroir. We turned to the Coombsville nested appellation, its cool climate perfect for serious, age-worthy wines. Focusing on two clones of Sauvignon Blanc, Church and Musque, offering opposing dynamics. With low yields, early harvesting and traditional production techniques, we hope to achieve something special.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine

Anne Vawter

Winemaker, Red Mare Wines

Winemaker, Anne Vawter

Growing up on a dairy farm in Washington State, Anne developed a deep appreciation for agriculture from her father, and inherited his love of wine. After graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelor's Degree in Enology and Viticulture, Anne worked for wineries in Washington, California and Chile before settling in the Napa Valley.

Anne worked for several well-regarded wineries in Oakville and Rutherford; Robert Mondavi, St. Supery and for the longest time, Paradigm Winery. It was at Paradigm where Anne developed her appreciation for the rich, complex and elegant style of wines she enjoys making and drinking.

Anne began her consulting career and also started her own brand, Red Mare Wines in 2007. Since then, Anne has consulted for numerous projects in Napa as well as Canada and grown in her love, appreciation and knowledge of wines.

Country born: United States

Education: Education: Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from U.C. Davis
Internships: Canoe Ridge Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Caliterra (Chile)
Mentors: Michael Beaulac, Ren Harris, Cameron Vawter, Heidi Barrett

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
Wine Enthusiast "Winemaker to Watch" 2015

Winemaking Philosophy:
The vineyard lays the foundation for a great wine. Site selection and vineyard development are the cornerstones. Thoughtful farming with an aim for vine balance, fruit quality as well as land stewardship are the structure. I'm fortunate to work with a small group of great farmers who strive to achieve top quality wines from diverse sites. My techniques in the winery may be seen as a little old fashioned to some. I strive for elegance during extraction and aging and use blending to find a wines complexity.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Red Mare Wines 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Coombsville Alpha Mare 23
Hopper Creek Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville 20
Boeschen Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 18
Mi Sueño Winery 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Seleccion Herrera 15
Mi Sueño Winery 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Seleccion Herrera 13
Far Niente 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Nickel & Nickel Stelling Vineyard 3
Sterling Vineyards 1998 Chardonnay Los Carneros Winery Lake 3
Chimney Rock Winery 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Reserve 2
Far Niente Winery 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2
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