2007 brings home the GOLD!

by Stephanie on April 12, 2011

A Gold medal was awarded to our 2007 Old Vines Petite Sirah at the 2011 Grand Harvest Awards: a highly respected industry competition. What sets Grand Harvest Awards apart from the rest is one word…terroir.
Established in 1990, it is the only wine-judging event in North America that is based on terroir – a group of vineyards (or even vines) from the same region, belonging to a specific appellation, and sharing the same type of soil, weather conditions, grapes and wine making savoir-faire, which contribute to give its specific personality to the wine.
In other competitions, this factor is ignored. At the Grand Harvest, judges taste wines with other wines of the same appellation. Thus, with cross-regional competition removed, the inherent quality of wines can be seen without the influences that sometimes eclipse even a wine of very high quality.
A goal of Grand Harvest is to learn more about how terroir contributes qualities of excellence and distinctiveness to wines. Over the course of this event, judges have learned to recognize when terroir is – and is not – a factor of wine quality. All wines are judged in the context of their viticultural region in order to accomplish two things: greater sensitivity to the complexities and nuances of regional wines and also to measure the influence of regional soil and weather characteristics on the taste and quality of individual wines.


2007 brings home three new accolades!

by Stephanie on February 11, 2011

Three New Accolades for David Fulton Winery’s
2007 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Napa Valley
As a historic Petite Sirah producer, we’re pleased to announce three new note-worthy, recognitions:
Representing the Largest Competition of American Wines in the World
on January 7th, 2011, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition concluded the annual week of judging at the Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds in Sonoma County, California. Over five days, 60 professional wine experts tasted and evaluated a world-record breaking 5,050 entries from 23 states. They awarded David Fulton’s 2007 Petite Sirah a Silver Medal.
Our 2007 Petite Sirah also came in at #4 in Imbibe Wines’ Top 100 list. Imbibe is located in Bakersfield, California and is one of the state’s most prestigious retailers. “Many have heard us say it: the David Fulton Petite Sirah is one of the finest in the nation and has been our #1 wine on past lists. This wine is huge, powerful, and triumphant carrying the lush softness and immediate succulence of a modern cult Cabernet. Flavors of chocolate, blackberry, blueberry and cherry pie carry through to a thoroughly dry finish with firm tannins,” Says Richard Gilpin, Imbibe Wines’ Certified Sommelier and Wine Buyer.
Red Carpet Wines in Glendale California has also added the 2007 vintage to their Top 100 List – coming in at an impressive number 14. Red Carpet was established as a family business in 1964 and proudly remains that way. Just like us…
Have you had our 2007 Estate Petite Sirah?



New Release  2011 Petite Sirah, Old Vines Napa Valley Estate
$50 /$600 case

Our Signature old vine Petite Sirah from our estate vineyards is one to be remembered. Intense black berry pie, vanilla spice, river stone, and Mexican chocolate covered cherries finishing with black plums and wild violets. Ability to age and improve for decades


New Release

2010 David Fulton Winery Viognier

Floral aromas like violets, orange blossom, acacia, fresh pears, and honey make this wine unique. Apricot, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine to suggest some of the flavors makes this one of the most complex white wines-accomplishing endless food pairing opportunities. (Viognier is also a Rhône grape like our famous Petite Sirah. Both whites can be enjoyed just on their own!



New White Wines Available

2011 David Fulton Winery Chardonnay
$39/468 case

Honeycomb, Caramelized pears, toasted marshmallows and apricots with perfectly balanced acidity. Can be enjoyed with many types of food or simply on its own.


New Release 2011
David Fulton Winery Old Vine Sweet Petite “Port Style”
$45/$540 case

Our Estate old vine Sweet Petite is made from especially ripe, hand selected Petite Sirah grapes to create a delicious, fortified after dinner wine. The aromas of black cherry, currants, and cassis are finished with a lingering sensation of huckleberry. Only 25 cases produced.

2011 Growing Year

2011 A bit of a challenging year in the vineyards reaps rewards in the cellar

What began with a wet winter and spring continued with rainfall into mid-June that delayed bloom set the stage for a long, cooler-than-average growing season with a later-than-average harvest beset with autumn rain storms. The precipitation measuring season ending on June 30 found the region more than a third above normal in rainfall. But growers were rewarded with weeks of fantastic weather, a prolonged Indian summer that provided needed ripening time.

Most waited through the first two rains of this year to pick in October, and that patience paid off. Quality looks very good with lower alcohols, good structure and length on the palate.
Petite Sirah was a success story for 2011. The cool weather helped the vines work more efficiently and produced a beautiful vintage of this varietal with black berry and plums!

The commitment to quality runs so deep and strong in this valley that systems for effective sorting were already set-up, both in the field and at the wineries. While quantity was low, the fruit this year will make for well-balanced wines with good intensity, structure and texture with a brightness of flavor. Most importantly, 2011 is a beautiful vintage through which to discover what makes Napa Valley’s best terroirs so compelling.

Growing Season

Rainfall returned after three dry years, pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by at least two weeks at the front end of the growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was no frost damage in 2010. The summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, where constant vigilance and rigorous canopy management averted mildew or pest problems.
The ten-day to two-week lag continued into a later than average veraison. Winegrowers were faced with a two-day heat spike into triple digits for the first time in the season, coinciding with the first day of harvest on August 24. With canopies thinned to adjust for the cooler season, grapes at various sites experienced some sunburn. The damage was variable site-to-site with many vineyards reporting no sunburned clusters at all.
The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. Vintners were excited about what they were tasting from the vineyards–concentrated flavors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style.
Cooler than average temperatures retuned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome, warm and consistent Indian Summer that was just the ticket, bringing good flavor and color development across the board. from

Winemaker Notes

True to previous years of elegance, this vintage provides a wider range of bright, high-tone fruit flavors emanating from the expected deep, dark color of the varietal. We are pleased by blackberry, fig, cinnamon, dark baker’s chocolate and licorice aromas and rewarded with flavors of red cherry, boysenberry, raspberry, and distinct vanilla on the palate. With soft tannins, this is a round, velvety, silky wine that can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Less than 300 cases were produced.

Extraordinary! = 95 Points” International Wine Review
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Bronze – Women’s International Wine Competition 2013


Sold Out  2010 Heritage 1860, Bordeaux blend with a ‘kiss’ of Petite Sirah,

Napa Valley

This elegant Bordeaux style red opens with boysenberry, black current, cloves, pepper and then finishes with dark baker’s chocolate. We aged the wine eighteen months in small French oak barrels, blending in our Petite Sirah last. The final blend is 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 9% Malbec, and 14% Old Vines Petite Sirah.
We produced only two barrels of this unique blend, just 48 cases!

2010 Our Sweet Petite, Old Vines, Napa Valley Estate

Our Sweet Petite is made from especially ripe, hand selected, estate Petite Sirah grapes to create a delicious, fortified after dinner wine. The aromas of black cherry, currants, and cassis are finished with a lingering sensation of blackberry pie. This vintage is very well balanced: pleasingly sweet but not syrupy.  It is available in 375 ml bottles only (splits.)  We produced only two barrels = 98 cases/half bottles only.

Here, at David Fulton Winery, we invite you to fall in love … with our Petite Sirah!   Our vineyard, originally planted in 1860 by my great-grandfather, produces less than 400 cases of Petite Sirah a year. “Old vines, Napa Valley” right here. We are also proud to now feature Cabernet blends, Chardonnay, and Viognier as well as a few more additions to soon come. More will be revealed!

This dry-farmed, estate vineyard is the oldest, continuously owned and operated family vineyard in the state of California.

Our winery and vineyard is located at 825 Fulton Lane, just four blocks east of Hwy 29, in Napa Valley’s historic St. Helena.   We don’t have any commercial signage, so you’ll have to turn down “Fulton Lane” and look for our address (825 Fulton Lane) to enjoy our winery’s private setting.

If you aren’t in Napa Valley, I hope you enjoy something of a virtual visit here, online. For full effect, you can always ask us to ship a bottle of our award-winning Petite Sirah to sip while surfing our site. If you love it, as we do, you might consider joining our club. It’s just one shipment a year, as we make just the one wine.

Fulton and Dink Mather
Fourth Generation,  David Fulton family

Please consider joining our wine club and receive a few bottles of our limited production Petite Sirah, once a year. We’d love to have you be a part of it. If you join, we can teach the secret handshake to you at your next visit.

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