Experience a world of terroir at the new Alpha Omega Collective tasting room in Downtown Napa. The distance from Alpha Omega in Napa Valley to Tolosa in San Luis Obispo to Perinet in Spain’s Priorat may be immense, yet common threads bind these three boutique wineries together to form a cohesive and complementary triangle. Vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett ensure philosophical continuity across these sister properties. While each winery is situated in a region where the influence of the sea and stunning, rock-laden soils combine to produce world-class wine, each estate produces wines that are reflective of their respective terroirs and showcase personalities unique to their regions. Alpha Omega’s Bordeaux-inspired releases, Tolosa’s Burgundian varietals Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, and Perinet’s Mediterranean reds each embody a sense of place from where they originate. In an age of winemaking homogeny, it is unique to experience the distinctive accents of each region while still appreciating the trio’s harmonic familial relationship.
Tolosa, established in San Luis Obispo in 1998, is an artisanal producer of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines. Helmed by vintner Robin Baggett, Tolosa epitomizes the special terroir that is Edna Valley, nestled amongst the northwest to southeast running volcanic hills of San Luis Obispo County and the frontier for the most complex cool-climate varietals in California. Its Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays reflect the cold Pacific wind that sweeps down the coast and funnels into the valley, as well as the remarkable diversity of soil types: ingredients for nuanced and balanced wines of distinctive character. Tolosa combines traditional methods, such as hand punch down and whole berry uncrushed fermentations, with state-of-the-art equipment in the cellar and cutting-edge technology in the vineyard to handcraft exceptional wines that are the purest expressions of Edna Valley.
For more information, visit: www.tolosawinery.com
Alpha Omega, a family-owned, boutique winery on the Rutherford Bench in the heart of Napa Valley, began its journey in 2006 to be recognized as one of the great wine estates in the world. Founded by Robin and Michelle Baggett, Alpha Omega handcrafts Bordeaux-style wines from historic and estate-farmed Napa Valley vineyards ranging from valley floor, hillside, mountain and coast to bring complexity and different aromatic profiles to its wines which are neither fined nor filtered. Alpha Omega’s winemakers combine the Old World’s philosophy of balance with the New World’s state-of-the-art techniques and natural fruit opulence. The results are wines that uniquely express the essence of the terroir of this legendary wine region through prized vineyards and masterful blending and will hold up for years to come.
For more information, visit: www.aowinery.com
Perinet, in the Priorat DOQ and 90 minutes southwest of Barcelona in Catalonia, opened in 2004 to offer authentic, ultra-premium estate wines and unique experiences. Spread over 133 acres, the estate vineyard and state-of-the art winery are surrounded by local varietals Carignan and Grenache along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Rising to more than 1,500 feet, the vineyards are terraced high into the mountains. Perinet’s three vineyards, Mas d’en Xes, Mas Vell and Planetes, encompass three broad visions of the ancient Priorat and combine to shape a new balance of styles in winemaking. The three vineyard climates each create their own wine style, allowing Perinet to produce wines always linked to the weather and the slate soil of the Priorat. Perinet is the essence of the Priorat.
For more information, visit: www.perinetwinery.com