Robert Sinskey Vineyards
About Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Based in the Los Carneros and Stags Leap districts of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Robert and Maria Sinskey have grown their 100% organic and biodynamic certified winegrowing operation to over 200 acres of premium vineyards over the past twenty-five years.
Founded on a conviction that artisanal winemaking begins with the care of the land, Robert, along with winemaker Jeff Virnig, quietly converted their vineyards to biodynamic practices, beginning in 1991. Looking beyond the vineyard, the Sinskey estate have reduced their carbon footprint further by generating 75% of the energy used at the winery through solar photovoltaic installations and the brewing of bio-diesel, made from used restaurant oil, to power machinery.
Robert Sinskey believes that the goals of making luxuriously elegant wines and farming with earth friendly methods are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary, he has found that caring for the land and conscientious business practices have helped to define the well-crafted and characterful Robert Sinskey wines.
Robert Sinskey’s wife, Maria Helm Sinskey, is the winery’s resident chef and her influence is clearly expressed in the wines, which are indisputably food-friendly.
ABRAXAS VIN DE TERROIR 2018
Floral hints of lilac, gardenia, magnolia flowers abound in this Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Gewürztraminer blend. Fresh fruit notes of apricot, pear and lychee backed by classic Riesling mineral characteristics and hints of lime. The citrus notes add a crisp and refreshingly long finish. This wine is vibrant and delicious young, and will only become more complex with time in the cellar as the flavours merge and the texture becomes more round.
A bright wine with the initial impression of a white and the gravitas of a red. this 100% Pinot Gris is about as distinctive as it gets. The aroma is a wonderful medley of orange blossom, honey, crisp apple, and tea. The tannin from the skin contact is apparent and lends the wine a mineral weightiness with incredible depth and length, suggesting this wine will age gracefully for generations.
PINOT NOIR LOS CARNEROS 2017
Rose, lavender and rosemary spring from the bottle. Layers of ripe strawberry, red plum, and Rainier cherry unfold thereafter and are rounded out by the warmth of cardamom, clove and vanilla from time spent in French oak. Tasting reveals textured fruit flavours of blood orange, cranberry and pomegranate bursting through the mid-palate and carrying through a long, mouth-watering finish nuanced by Carneros terroir notes of sage and forest floor.
CABERNET FRANC VANDAL VINEYARD 2016
High-tone aromas of violet, oregano and sage leave a first impression that suggests old world styling, but with a delicious core of California sun-kissed blackberry and black cherry accompanied by notes of mocha, clove and nutmeg. Brooding concentration and complexity resolve into a focused finish on rails of sleek tannins.
CABERNET SAUVIGNON ‘STAGS LEAP DISTRICT’ ESTATE 2014
Fruit-forward aromas of cassis, blueberry and blackberry form the first impression. Earthy tones expand from here, underpinning the primary fruit notes with forest floor, olive, bay leaf and thyme. A taste reveals fresh, ripe black plum, currant and black cherry that evolve into mocha, cigar box and rosemary with a sleek graphite backbone.
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