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

2006 Valentine

2006 Valentine "Tory's Block" Cabernet Sauvignon

Tory’s Block is a section of the vineyard that is planted on a slope, away from the river. The soil has more gravel, offering the vines better drainage and thus more stress, lower yields and deeper flavors. Over the years, Valentine’s “Tory’s Block” has been a frequent award winner. The weather in 2006 posed some challenges, with late rains in a cool spring, some significant heat spikes in early summer and cooler temperatures and even early rains in the fall. Nevertheless, winemakers in the Alexander Valley were quite pleased with the results. The Wine Spectator rated the vintage as “very good” and described it as  “A late, cool harvest (that) produced dense, concentrated and age-worthy wines.” Fans of the mature, pleasure-giving Valentine Cabs that Hotei has been offering over the past couple years will definitely want to give this one a try! 

¥ 3,900