Del Dotto Vineyard aka Del Blotto

Del Dotto Vineyard aka Del Blotto |  Napa Valley, California |  How to describe Del Dotto hmmmmm OVER THE TOP. If you though that finding a Venetian/Versacce style palace in the middle of Napa Valley was impossible, well Dave del Dotto made it happen. Del Dotto Vineyards is a small, family owned winery located in beautiful Rutherford Estate,  Napa Valley that has been making small production premium wines for over 10 years. We visited on our first date in Napa, and I have to say that I have never been to a vineyard so particular and generous on their tastings such as Del Dotto, reason for the nickname by the locals of Del Blotto.
The Del Dotto’s have acquired vineyards located in some of the best spots for growing grapes: Rutherford Bench (the one we visited), St. Helena Appellation, Howell Mountain and Sonoma Coast. They currently make Cabernet Sauvignon (the signature grape of this part of the world), Merlot, Cabernet Franc (my favorite during our extensive degustation), Sangiovese (my personal choice for red wines) along with Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast and Chardonnay as well.
It took 18 years to find the ideal sites for the selected clones to maximize the terroir flavors in the wine. Each vineyard is organically farmed. This includes weeding by hand, no sprays or chemical fertilizers. The plants are meticulously tended by professional vineyard workers with love.  The Del Dotto Estate Winery & Caves, their new winery and caves renew their family’s Venetian roots from 1150 A. D. and Tuscan traditions from 1450 A. D. from where the Del Dotto name originates. When they studied the lives and times of their Italian relatives, they thought about what life might have been like for them. The Venetians eye for details in architecture, with layered design upon layered design, truly reflected a desire to live in a beautiful world. Following in these steps, they used natural marble handcrafted into ornate, graceful designs, to express an uplifted spirit, an air of grandeur and a feeling of well being. This is the atmosphere they thought would be fitting for the new Del Dotto wines of Napa Valley.
Visit and experience when fine wine, spectacular architecture, moving music, and delicious food all come together. Their goal is to create a wine experience not just a wine tasting. The new Del Dotto winery “Cathedral” and caves, with its elegant ambience, will take you back in time and teach you the history of wine while you taste out of the finest French and American oak barrels. It will prove to be the ultimate wine tasting in the world!
We went over, if I did not loose count, seventeen types of wines… and yes we tried them all. They had the wine spit buckets, but who in the world wants to spit fine wines ranging from USD 150 the bottle and on.? Right.!!! Thank God that Dave del Dotto himself had a table of cheese and breads waiting for us at the end, which saved me for dropping dead ha ha ha.
This is what they call a Wine Thief. A glass or food-grade plastic pipette used in the process of wine making. It may be anywhere from 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 centimetres) in length and may have a bend near one end. The wine thief is used to remove a small amount of wine for testing and/or tasting.
Thank you Linda Viviani from Viviani Touring Destination Management for introducing us to one of The Best Experience for Wine Collectors in the World!! For more information about wine tasting and visiting please do not hesitate to contact me at, Cel. 646.460.6045 or Tel. 212.399.6161. Cave Experience with tasting from USD 50. Small groups and reservations are recommended. One last TIP, do not expect to drive after visiting Del Dotto Vineyard, so I can help you making arrangements for a private tour or transfer. CM

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