' Quixote Winery - Quixote Winery

Winemaking

Winemaking

Quixote is a boutique gem in the Stags Leap District, producing just 2,000 cases annually. Our small production of Cabernet Sauvignon is only found at our winery and our Petite Sirah can be found at some of the Napa Valley's top restaurants and hotels.

Since 2008 we have been blessed to have our wines made by one of Napa's premier winemakers; Aaron Pott. With 27 vintages under his belt; he is truly an invaluable asset to Quixote.  The legacy of Quixote and it's sought after wines are under the careful stewardship of Aaron.  Above all he looks to stay true to the vineyard and let the wines express the true meaning of terroir.  Our unique vineyard has five distinct soil types and both east and west facing slopes giving us wines of great balance and complexity.

Our grapes are both picked and sorted by hand from small picking bins instead of large 1/2 tons bins that can crush the grapes under their own weight.  Any grapes with flaws are discarded to ensure the best quality and flavors. The grapes then go through a cold soak phase to start extracting flavors and color prior to fermentation starting.  During the first 45 minutes of the cold soak about 10-15% of the liquid volume is removed from each tank to help the wines become richer and fuller body.  It's from a portion of this removed liquid that we make our Rose of Petite Sirah that sells out early into the summer months.

During fermentation we have an aggressive regiment for extraction to create the finest wines from each vintage.  Hand punch downs and gentle pumpovers are at higher frequency than your typical winery to give beautiful textures and powerful characteristics to our wines.

The wine then spends 20 months in a custom blend of French Oak barrels from eight different coopers to give subtle nuances to each barrel and each lot of wine.  After the aging is complete; each barrel is tasted and the most balanced blends are created to become our Quixote wines.   

Each vintage of Quixote wine; be it Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah or Malbec; is the most complex and balanced wine with a true expression of the time and place that helped to create it.  

Our Team

Our Team

Aaron Pott - Consulting Winemaker
Michael Wolf - Vineyard Manager

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Our Cellar

Our Cellar

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