Although legendary Napa Valley winemaker Mitch Cosentino is no longer affiliated with the winery that bears his name, he is busier than ever producing outstanding varietals across the board, at his pureCru Winery and as a consultant for the J. McClelland Brand of wines, which are a product of the Scotto Family and produced at their Scotto Steele Canyon Winery.


The modern pureCru Tasting room is located in downtown Napa, directly across the street from the Andaz Hotel, at 1463 First Street. We had the pleasure of meeting our old friend Mitch and enjoying a comprehensive and relaxed tasting of his portfolio of superb wines! Our “Absolute Must Tries ”: We began with the 2012 Purety, inspired by some of the great white Bordeaux “Blanc ” wines, this perfect Florida summer wine is a blend of equal parts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.


Next was the 2010, pureCru Chardonnay, some of the grapes used to produce this excellent Chardonnay come from Mitch ’s personal home vineyard. Following this refreshing Chard we moved to the outstanding reds beginning with the 2011, Sangio Vetta, the 2011, Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2011, CFM, a first time production from Mitch; it is a 50-50 blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, punched cap fermented and aged 32 months in selected French Oak —outstanding! We then moved to the 2009, pureCoz Red Wine, a proprietary blend, the 2010, Secret 7 Cabernet Sauvignon, a superb blend of different vineyard lots and we ended with the 2010 M Coz Red, an intense and focused Bordeaux styled Meritage with a heritage going back to the original 1988 vintage. This blend is an annual award winner whose release is anxiously awaited by serious oenophiles, due to its very limited production and its reputation as being equal or superior to the greatest wines in the world made with Bordeaux red grape varietals.


We always look forward to sharing time with Mitch, who is as passionate about making wine, and doing it without cutting corners, as anyone in the business! Thanks to Mitch and Tasting Room Manager Steve for another memorable experience! To plan a visit to the pureCru Tasting Room go to www.purecruwines.com ; or call (707) 226-3046.