The idea for Shypoke Wines took root in 1904, the resulting wines are a tribute to our century of honest, careful farming in Calistoga, at the Northern tip of the Napa Valley. Now five generations of Winegrowers into this, we have stuck it out through Prohibition, the Depression, Phylloxera as well as more than a few up and down cycles of economic fortune- winegrowing isn’t a passing fancy, it’s a way of life in our family. We keep a simple philosophy about making Shypoke wines, understand our land; respect that land by cultivating it sustainably; and allow its unique qualities to characterize the wines. We find that our wines are eminently suited to the table, with vibrant clarity of fruit expression and place.
Sourced from our two acre estate Cabernet block. Rooted in the porous alluvial soils that run through our Calistoga ranch, these vines prove why the Napa Valley is known for some fantastic Cabernets. Aromatic. Powerful, yet elegant. Dusted summer blackberries and creme de cassis. Fine-tuned French Oak is in perfect balance, creating a stage that this amazing fruit plays upon. Silky tannins detail the singularity of Napa Valley Cabernet. Impeccable & delicious. 6 barrels produced.
Shypoke Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Sourced exclusively from our estate block of Sangiovese, named in honor of our niece, Olivia Meyer, great, great granddaughter of Michael and Louise Heitz who planted roots in this soil in 1904. Crushed Raspberries. Toasted vanilla. Fresh, bright, elegant. Nearly perfect. 2 barrels produced.
Our diminutive half acre block of Petite Sirah is named after our daughter, Amelia Heitz who helps craft this wine. In the vineyard she helps her grandfather ‘Nonno’ tend to the vines and in the cellar crushing and pressing the new vintages. Opaque & rich in color. Aromas and flavors of ripe huckleberry, boysenberry and brown sugar. Magnificently judged ripeness, seemingly on the cusp of end-season richness, yet still married to early season freshness. Remarkable. 4 barrels produced.
Amelia making the press cut
The rare Charbono grape hailing from the Savoie region of France and grown with pride on our Napa Valley estate since 1904 is a proud member of Slow Food’s Ark of Taste. Our sustainably farmed, century old vineyard celebrates the remaining 65 acres of Charbono grown worldwide. So tasty we can’t write an expansive note about it or you might want some and there isn’t enough to go around. Seductive. Black cherry, pomegranate, and dark plum. Heirloom romanticism & south of France allure. Transcendent. 12 barrels produced.