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Croze Napa Valley


Croze Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Monte Lago Vineyard in the hills overlooking Clearlake, California


Croze Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

De Coninck Vineyard at the south end of the Napa Valley Cabernet growing region
55 months in French oak barrels from Nevers.
Only 527 cases


Croze Cabernet Sauvignon Vintners Reserve 2005

85% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Petit Verdot; 5 % Cabernet Franc: Napa Valley
55 months in French oak barrels from Nevers
Only 1,200 bottles made


Like most of us, Gary Wooton began his love of wine as a consumer. In 1982 he began making his own wine as a home winemaker. His first wine, a Pinot Noir, won gold medals around the state and Gary has since spent years taking classes at Santa Rosa Community College, UC Davis and Napa Community College to determine what he did right!

Since that time, he has made numerous award winning wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Rosé Cabernet Port, Cabernet Franc,
Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Late Harvest Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Since 1991, he has been affiliated with
The Loyal Order of the Grape Knife, a winemaking group in Healdsburg, CA which specializes in Zinfandel.


In 1997, Gary formed Avatar Vintners, Inc. to produced handcrafted Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Avatar would become the embodiment of the philosophy of its winemaker: Handcrafting of fine wines is an art form.

Each year the grapes provide a unique challenge that requires new solutions to bring the wine to its greatest potential. Grapes are gently crushed and stemmed, leaving many whole berries and fermentation is slow and cool to enhance the fruit flavors. The grapes are always handled gently, to avoid extraction of harsh tannins. Wine is aged in French oak barrels, chosen to compliment the special characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

These methods create a Bordeaux style wine that is ready to drink at release but will continue to improve for years to come.


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