Materra, Cunat Family Vineyards

2017 Merlot
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 142


Materra, Cunat Family Vineyards

Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • Our estate vineyard in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley nested appellation showcases Merlot at its best
  • This site’s cool microclimate allows for slow ripening and excellent flavor development
  • A combination of whole-berry, barrel-fermented fruit and traditional pumpovers create complex flavors
  • Winemakers Bruce Regalia and Adam Savitskas hand-selected the barrel from amongst our Merlot lots

Located in the heart of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards’ eight blocks of Merlot produce individual and distinctive wines. Our unique Premiere Napa Valley wine showcases the depth and diversity of different fermentation techniques. Whole-berry barrel fermentation, a more traditional pump-over regime and a hand punch down add layers and complexity to a great example of what Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Merlot can be.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Bruce Regalia

Winemaker, Materra, Cunat Family Vineyards

Winemaker, Bruce Regalia

Born into an Italian family, Bruce spent many afternoons growing up smelling the aromas coming from the family kitchen and anticipating the delicious blended flavors of another authentic Sunday dinner. With grandparents from Genoa and Calabria, the family was brought up in the Italian tradition that everyone was underfed. The food was always fresh and plentiful, and there was always wine on the table.

From the bountiful table of his youth, Bruce knew the benefit from well-farmed and managed gardens was fresh, flavorful produce and deep structured wines. He pursued this interest and curiosity in his academic studies, earning a degree in botany and plant and soil science from Chico State in California. He graduated and worked for two large farming entities before taking a job as a vineyard manager in Mendocino County in the mid-80s. Bruce's talent and style as a winemaker developed as he transitioned from vineyard manager to winemaker at a small vineyard, later purchased by Duckhorn Wine Company.

It was during his time as a winemaker for Duckhorn and specifically his responsibilities for Goldeneye, a well-respected Pinot Noir brand from California's Anderson Valley, that Bruce acknowledged Pinot Noir as his favorite wine and winemaking as his life's endeavor. With Goldeneyes success, Bruce was hired by several Napa Valley wineries to provide consultation and guidance to their winemaking programs. His love and passion for the terroir have kept Bruce in the Napa Valley, working with wineries in one of the best grape growing regions in the world.

Bruce's passion and respect for the land ultimately led him to his current partnership with the Cunat Family as a consulting winemaker for Materra. Through experience and passion, Bruce, Brian Cunat and the rest of the family continue their labor of love at the Oak Knoll vineyard which is home to the award-winning wines of Materra.

Country born: United States

Education: B.S. in Plant and Soil Science and Botany - Chico State

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
To make great wine you must spend a lot of time in the vineyard. Walking the vines, smelling the earth, taking in the environment. The great chefs of the world start in the garden hand picking the best ingredients to make amazing dishes. Wine making is very similar; we have to evaluate our raw products, tasting, smelling, and thinking about each flavor and how they will mesh with others. When harvesting you must treat each grape with care and know how they want to be treated. Knowing how to extract the best in each berry is paramount. After Fermentation tasting as often as possible is very important, again you need to know each personality so you can later assemble them into wines with depth, texture, balance, and character. The relationship continues until the final cork captures this unique character, reflecting all the complexity of the season

Adam Savitskas

Winemaker, Materra, Cunat Family Vineyards

Winemaker, Adam Savitskas

Adam Savitskas, an assistant winemaker and enologist, is teaming up with winemaker Bruce Regalia to create Materra, Cunat Family Vineyard's 2019 Premiere Napa Valley lot.

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 1 years

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