Immersing ourselves in the California wine culture, we discovered all the hidden nuances of the California AVA’s. We became intrigued with the evocativeness of the diverse terroirs and voluptuous fruit the California soils produced, especially the “off the grid” varietals we savored in Italy, Spain and Argentina. Soon, we began discovering some of Californias’ best Grenache, Barbera, Tempranillo and various expressions of Sangiovese.
Then it happened. In 2015, we made our first investment in a gorgeous lot of Sangiovese fruit from Bennett Lane in Napa Valley. Not sure where things would end up, we immersed ourselves in the process, from picking the grapes, working harvest, rotating punch downs, testing samples, topping barrels and conducting blending trials. It turned out, although 2015 produced limited yields, the fruit was spectacular and honest to the commitment we made on our honeymoon in Italy on June 2001 (6/01), 601 Cellars was born.
601 Cellars is inspired by the allure of boutique, old-world European style California wines which leverage new world winemaking techniques. The small production wines are aged with a balanced process using French and neutral oak barrels. With personal dedication put into each bottle, we strive to foster the richness of California fruit yet still showcase the unique heritage of each hand-selected varietal.