Valentine

Where the passion in our hearts comes together in our wine 

The wines of Valentine Vineyards may be labeled as being from Mendocino; however, geographically, they lie within the Alexander Valley, albeit just across the Mendocino/Sonoma county line. This is Cabernet country. As in Napa’s “up valley,” enough fog rolls in to cool down the nights and extend the growing season, but late-ripening varieties love the hot and dry summer days. Alexander Valley Cabs are noted for rich flavors and a fleshy mouthfeel, as well as softer tannins, less concentration, lower alcohols, and more acidity than their Napa Valley counterparts. The vineyards farmed by the Valentine family were first planted by that modern-day Sonoma pioneer, Rodney Strong, in 1976. Bob Valentine acquired the vineyards in 1985, after a long career as an engineer, whose firm worked on some of the major bridges in the Bay Area. Bob Valentine would sell his vineyard’s excellent fruit to some of the region’s most illustrious wineries - while always making a few barrels for himself. But when his own wines began winning awards at home winemaker competitions and state fairs, it was impossible to avoid the pull to go commercial, and the Valentine Vineyards label was born. Longtime Hotei fans may remember, fondly, the vintages of Valentine Vineyards we used to sell. The supply ran out when, as Bob grew older, the company went back to operating solely as a grower. In 2015, well into his nineties, Bob Valentine passed away. Recently, in a corner of his cellar, a large quantity of Valentine Vineyards wine was discovered. Needless to say, Hotei snapped it up. Now, while the supply lasts, we are thrilled to be able, once again, to offer wines from excellent vintages in the early 2000s. This is an excellent opportunity to experience fine California wine with well over a decade of aging in excellent storage conditions. 

Wines from this Winery

2004 Valentine Mendocino County Merlot

2004 Valentine Mendocino County Merlot

Just because Merlot can be smooth, round and easy to drink doesn’t mean it can’t age. Valentine’s 2004 Merlot offers Hotei fans a wonderful opportunity to taste a delicious Merlot as it enters maturity. While the dark black cherry and cassis remain in evidence, these primary flavors are counterbalanced with mellow notes of savory herbs and olives. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy a mature, pleasure-filled California wine at an affordable price.

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¥ 3,900
2003 Valentine

2003 Valentine "Tory's Block" Red Wine

Tory’s Block is a section of Valentine’s vineyard that is planted a slope, away from the river. The soil has more gravel, offering the vines better drainage and therefore more stress and lower yields. As a blend of 90% Cab and 10% Merlot, the wine could have been labeled as “Cabernet Sauvignon,” but Bob Valentine preferred his varietal bottlings to contain 100% of the varietal. This Meritage “red wine” won a Double Gold medal at the 2007 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition - as well as the “Best of California Bordeaux Blend (Meritage)” ribbon. 14 years after the vintage, this wine is in fantastic shape and tastes awesome. The color is brick red with only a slight translucent rim; tannins are softening, giving the wine texture without adding dryness. It has aromas and flavors galore - with plenty of cassis, currant, nuts, cedar, clove, and eucalyptus. Note, however, that at 15.5% alcohol, it does pack a wallop - but without being overripe or extracted. Don’t miss this opportunity to taste a mature Russian River Cabernet. 

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¥ 3,900