The Below-the-Radar Excellence of ADAMVS Napa Valley

Cypress Home, ADAMVS Napa Valley

No strangers to winemaking once they based Napa Valley’s ADAMVS, Denise and Stephen Adams had perfected their vinous method as proprietors of the extremely esteemed and historic Château Fonplégade within the legendary Saint-Émilion wine area of Bordeaux the place Denise organically and biodynamically oversees their vineyards. The 2 Francophiles met greater than three many years in the past on a blind date and subsequently married within the Dordogne. In the present day, the duo splits their time between the Napa Valley and France, the place they painstakingly renovated and revitalized their time-worn, World Battle II-ravaged chateau, and in doing so, earned the respect and esteem of the residents and vintners of their adopted nation. 

Château Fonplégade

That very same consideration to element is discovered of their American ADAMVS enterprise (the Latin identify means ‘borne from our crimson earth,’ a more-than-fitting reflection of the property’s excessive elevation winery blocks comprised of iron-rich crimson soils) the place Denise makes use of the identical sustainable farming strategies that she implements at Château Fonplégade. “I knew after we began ADAMVS that to do proper by the wealthy tapestry of Howell Mountain parts, we needed to farm responsibly and in concord with our mosaic of 5 winery websites,’ stated Denise. ‘In our hand-tended winery, we apply a easy however exacting philosophy – that there are not any shortcuts; excellence is earned by means of laborious work and fervent, passionate consideration to the smallest particulars.”

These exalted Howell Mountain parts embody altitude, rolling hills, distinctive microclimates, and 5 outstanding soil sorts that serve to produce balanced fruit. ADAMVS’s 27 acres are planted primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon with 9 hand-selected clones unfold over an array of exposures and elevations. The rest are plantings of three small blocks of Sauvignon Blanc used of their French oak barrel fermented, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, crafted in an age-worthy model to provide a wine of textural and fragrant complexity. 

The vineyard’s lush, high-end property Cabernet Sauvignon bears the ADAMVS identify whereas two moreover excellent Cabernets follow-suit with their very own apt Latin titles: TÉRES, which means ‘spherical, easy, polished,’ and QUINTVS, which means ‘5,’ and that includes barrel choices from every of the property’s 5 soil sorts. All three possess the purity, precision, and stylish tannin construction that produce the best Cabernet Sauvignon, but every gives its personal distinctive expression of the spectacular ADAMVS property. And every is a prized addition to the collections of wine lovers the world over. 

Denise Adams. Picture by Kim Carroll

To actualize her imaginative and prescient of making the very best high quality Napa Valley wines, Denise assembled a ‘top-of-their-game’ crew, every of whom appreciates the outstanding traits of ADAMVS’s Howell Mountain terroir and shares the eagerness for natural and biodynamic farming. “Our extraordinary staff is singularly targeted on constructing an important wine property which uniquely expresses our land,” stated Denise. That staff consists of Winemaker Alberto Bianchi, Common Supervisor Package Gilbert, Director of Property Relations and Hospitality Amy Particelli, and Consulting Winemaker Philippe Melka, who’s routinely named as one of many world’s high viticultural skills and whose Bordeaux background and consultancy with quite a few Napa Valley wineries made him a pure alternative for Denise.  

Bianchi joined the staff in 2021 following an in depth, months-long seek for a winemaker who wouldn’t solely steward ADAMVS wines within the cellar, however rear them from the second of their inception within the winery, working intently alongside Melka. Raised in Milan, Italy, Bianchi’s ardour for the vine and wine started at age seven whereas serving to his grandfather craft Barbera in his cellar, wine that the household loved all year long. It’s not simply the act of winemaking that captures Bianchi’s curiosity, it’s additionally the “romantic and heroic” nature of viticulture in excessive websites that drives him as we speak. He believes that the winery is the heartbeat of a vineyard.

Denise & Stephen Adams

The ADAMVS visitor expertise is as particular as its wines, happening in both the modern and gorgeous Cypress Home Tasting Room or the adjoining Wine Library. Each had been designed – with Denise’s enter – by San Francisco architect Kurt Melander. An open glass room surrounded by a freestanding cypress log wall sculpture, the Cypress Home is an iconic construction of distinction that artistically filters gentle. The Wine Library resides in a 12-inch strong concrete wall construction revived from a historic agricultural constructing by Melander who eliminated every bit of wooden from the unique, numbered them, solid them in concrete, after which reconstructed the format. The constructing conceals a jewel box-like house containing a small tasting room and the Adams’ wine assortment. A very retractable roof (the inspiration of which got here to Denise in a dream) creates an al fresco ambiance. These two iconic buildings mix trendy and basic parts to create areas of nuanced magnificence which might be skilled in a different way relying on the season, time of day, gentle, and all of the pure parts that make Howell Mountain a perfect dwelling for Cabernet Sauvignon.

ADAMVS Bee Containers

Denise Adams at Château Fonplégade

The artisan ADAMVS methodology of farming extends past the soils, vines, and orchards to each side of the enterprise, guaranteeing a vibrant ecosystem in concord with its group and atmosphere. The property options blue chicken packing containers, an in depth insectary and free vary rooster and sheep. Honey is captured from the cache of beehives, olive oil is pressed from the property’s olive bushes, fig jam is comprised of the fruit bushes and handmade teas come from the herbs within the Biodynamic gardens.

“We now have a tapestry right here that creates the proper convergence of geology and geography, which in flip creates stunning wines,” stated Denise. “As devoted vintners, our mission is evident – to create profound wines with longevity, class and a purity of expression. That expression is of this stunning place. It’s a privilege for us to take action. It’s the last word for me.”

Photographs courtesy of ADAMVS


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