Ever been curious enough to stick your nose over someone's fence to see what's going on? Or peer through a crack in their front gate, just to get a better look? We have! Some people might say we're busybodies or nosey neighbors although we prefer the Australian term 'stickybeak.' And being Napa-based wine industry folk, it's hard to not be curious about the stunning vineyards and regions that surround us. In fact, as inquisitive vintners, it seemed only natural that we'd have a bit of a stickybeak in our own backyard to see what we could find. After setting up shop in Napa some 15 years ago and importing benchmark Australian wine estates, natural curiosity led us all over the state of California to taste, sip, spit and drink the best the state has to offer, all the while wondering how we could make our mark in the country we now call home.
The Stickybeak winemaking team is led by antipodean Bill Nancarrow. With 25+ years of winemaking, more than a decade of them in California, Bill shares our inquisitiveness for Californian wines. Together, we’ve scoured the hills of Napa, trekked the valleys of Santa Rita, paddled the Russian River and shivered in the Sonoma Coast fog to find vineyards that have that wonderful ‘this is it’ character – where the grape and land go hand-in-hand. With a great roster of growers, we’ve been able to produce wines that not only sing stridently of their origins, but also deliver a wallop in the flavor department. And by that we don’t mean heavy and overdone, but simply long, lingering and wonderfully focused.
With a great roster of growers we’ve been able to produce wines that not only sing stridently of their origins but also deliver a wallop in the flavor department. The 20-year-old Semillon vineyards from Knights Valley combined with zippy Sauvignon Blanc from the cool-climate Russian River produce wines with tremendous aromatics and concentration. The Russian River’s cool morning fog and warm afternoons generate crisp Chardonnay with expressive fruit, and high natural acidity. The cool morning fogs and warm afternoons make the Anderson Valley the ideal climate for growing Pinot Noir with wild aromatics and great balance. The Napa Valley’s Mediterranean climate, combined with its rich, red volcanic soils, deliver both complex and vibrant reds. South of San Francisco, the warm days, low humidity and cool nights of Monterey are ideal for distinctive, elegant Syrahs.