Spiriterra Vineyards

Leverette Vineyard
2013 Muscadine
Napa Valley

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 19
Vintage

2013

Spiriterra Vineyards

Leverette Vineyard

Muscadine
Napa Valley

20 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Muscadine individually handpicked from small, sustainable family estate near Howell Mountain
  • First producers in Napa Valley of this historical grape native to the southeastern United States
  • Extraordinary aromatics of honey-poached tropical fruit with candied almonds; silky, long finish
  • Aged 12 months in neutral French oak; pest-resistant variety supports organic vineyard practices

We are excited our first Premier Napa Valley offering is also Napa Valley's first sweet Muscadine wine. Traditionally Cabernet Sauvignon grape growers, in 2009 we planted a small experimental Muscadine vineyard to bring a bit of our family's southern upbringing closer to home and to present something completely new to California. With a respected winemaking history dating back to the 1500s in the southeastern United States, our Muscadines are now thriving here in Napa Valley. Being a uniquely pest-resistant varietal, no pesticides were applied to our hillside vineyard near Howell Mountain. In 2012 we celebrated our inaugural Muscadine harvest, just in time for the launch of our Spiriterra label. Embracing our experimental spirit, Kenn Vigoda, our winemaker, applied his skilled hands to produce an extraordinary aromatic sweet white wine. The distinctive, honey poached tropical fruit with candied almond fragrance is true to the grape, and a welcomed surprise for wine lovers looking for a fun, new aperitif or dessert wine experience. The silky fruit flavors follow with a long, pleasant and delicate finish. We hope our wine evokes the slow-paced spirit and warmth of the South while representing the high quality of craftsmanship that is Napa Valley winemaking.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Kenn Vigoda

Winemaker, Spiriterra Vineyards

Winemaker, Kenn Vigoda

I have been in the wine industry over 30 years beginning as a lab tech at The Wine Lab working with Lisa Van de Water for two and a half years. Following 24 years at Raymond Vineyards first in the lab and ultimately as winemaker, I have been winemaker at Judd's Hill Microcrush since 2008. From lab manager to long-time winemaker, I accumulated much experience with estate and non-estate fruit and the minutiae of winemaking.

Country born: United States

Education: BS in Organic Chemistry and two years of graduate study at USC. I consider Lisa Van de Water and Walter Raymond as my mentors, but I have learned much from many people during my career.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
i believe in letting the grapes dictate the wine style. If the flavor or aroma profile needs to be adjusted, I prefer to use blending wine to achieve the balance that is lacking. I feel that oak is often overused and hides the varietal characters of the wine. I prefer to have oak as a complexity, and the fruit as the dominant feature of the wine. Since drinkability is a personal assessment, I feel that a wine should be well balanced in tannin through the mouth and also well balanced in acid and phH to keep the fruit together while the tannins age out. I am not a big fan of tannic, high alcohol, high pH wines which seem to taste good now but have little hope of longevity.

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