2015 Cabernet Sauvignon - Our 100% estate-grown cab. Our goal with producing this Cabernet is to not only showcase the power of Cabernet, but do so in a style that is softer in tannin, fruit-forward, approachable, and therefore food-friendly.
2012 Petit Verdot - The least known of the five "noble" Bordeaux varietals; Petit Verdot is traditionally a grape reserved for blending, but in 2005 we decided to experiment with a 100%.
2013 Merlot - This Merlot brings out the best of Sanel Valley in Mendocino. A rich, full bodied wine with complex aromas of bittersweet cocoa and dark cherries.
2010 Meritage Blend - Our estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. All three grapes are used in generous portions to allow each to clearly shine through while allowing the others to do the same.
2014 Reserve Pinot Noir - This vintage is a medium bodied, elegant yet nuanced well-balanced wine with wonderful aromas and a taste of red berries and spices.
2014 Reserve Merlot - This Merlot is a blend of free run juice and pressed wine from small lots aged in French oak barrels.
Less is More
Jim Milone feels quite fortunate to have been making wine from Sanel Valley Vineyards for over 40 years. He is a fourth generation Hopland Winegrower, following in the footsteps of his great grandfather, who emigrated from Italy as a young man and operated Hopland's first winery until Prohibition. He grew up working in the family vineyards developing a love for the land that has only increased over time, and founded the first winery in Hopland after prohibition.
His goal in winemaking is to create wines that are true extensions of the grape, vineyard and terroir. Jim's winemaking philosophy has developed over decades of producing a wide variety of wines from many different locations. "Planting the right varieties in the right locations is first and foremost. If you want to make great wines, you must grow excellent grapes. Nurture the grapes organically and do as little as possible to the wine." His mantra: "Put more effort in the vineyard and minimize treatment in the cellar; winemaking starts when you lay down the first compost in the Fall and prune in Winter." Every step of wine production, from pruning to bottling, is considered to minimize our impact on the environment and our products.
Jim favors the production of Bordeaux varietals but has produced some distinctive dry Sparkling Wine and several styles of Chardonnay as well. In keeping with Terra Sávia's collective philosophy, we are producing high quality estate grown organic wines at reasonable prices. From the vine to the glass every step is closely guided by our veteran winemaker assisted by Antonio Martinez who has been working with him in the vineyard and cellar for over 12 years.
Whites, Sparkling, Rosé
2016 Unoaked Chardonnay - Produced in stainless steel tanks without any oak aging, this wine is refreshingly crisp, with citrus and floral notes.
2014 Chardonnay Reserve - Aged three months in French oak barrels to add complexity and depth on the palate to accompany tropical fruit-forward notes.
2010 Blanc de Blancs - Four years of bottle fermentation has produced bone dry and fine‐bubbled sparkler that proudly displays yeasty notes of pear, lemon, and brioche. Made with 100% organic Chardonnay.
2013 Brut Rouge Sparkling Rosé - Crisp and dry with citrusy aromas of red berries. This fine bubbly rosé of merlot is a beautiful creature.
2015 Rosé - An off-dry, mouth-watering dark rosé of Merlot. Into only our second vintage this has become one of our best sellers!
All our wines are made with our estate-grown CCOF-certified organic grapes.