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Brownstone Winery, Chardonnay Napa Valley 2018
Lifted aromas of green apples, pear and peach with subtle notes of crème brûlée, butter, sweet oak and vanilla. This rich Californian Chardonnay will be the perfect pairing for roast chicken or pork loin.
Meticulously sorted grapes are macerated then undergo an extended cool fermentation. Full malo takes place spontaneously with some second and third use oak.
This is owned by the Scotto family, emigrants from Italy to California, based in Lodi where most of the fruit for this Cabernet is sourced. The name Brownstone is taken from the name of the apartments that a number of early Italian immigrants used to live in. In 1883, the Scotto family started moving west, from Italy to New York to California. During this multi-generation journey, there has been one constant - the Scottos were making wine somewhere near water. Salvatore Scotto was a farmer, sailor and winemaker on Ischia, a small island west of Naples. He taught his son Dominic two skills that eventually shaped his life: repairing boats and making wine. Dominic became a ships caulker and moved his family to New York in 1903, where he and his crews travelled up and down the east coast repairing and building wooden sailing ships. In between jobs he made wine for the family table and for his neighbours, which he sold in five gallon jugs from a horse drawn wagon. When Prohibition ended, Dominic and his brothers opened one of Brooklyns first liquor stores: it's still in business today, albeit under different ownership. Continuing the family tradition, Dominic taught his sons to make wine and Anthony, the second youngest, also picked up his fathers sales skills. By 1940, Anthony was pushing a two wheeled cart through the neighbourhood selling gallon jugs of red wine. Like the generations before him, Dominic expected to have good wine on the dinner table every night, and the dark days of World War II impressed on him the importance of making good wine that sold for reasonable prices. This is the passion that still drives the Scotto family. In 1953, Anthony and his brothers purchased a small Brooklyn wine company, consisting of just one salesman who only spoke Italian! Ten years later, Anthony purchased a California winery and moved west, turning the Brooklyn business over to his brothers. He endured the inevitable boom and bust cycles that challenge vintners worldwide, but continued the family tradition of passing his winemaking skills to his children while instilling the importance of selling good wines at reasonable prices. Today, Scotto Family Cellars makes small lots of artisanal wines in Lodi, paying tribute to their ancestors via the ship's sail on the labels. The winery is owned and operated by Anthony Scotto III, a 5th generation winemaker, with help from his sister Natalie and his brother Paul. It won't be long until the winery will also employ the 6th generation of Scottos, in the shape of Anthonys son Santino.