Amicus Cellars and X Winery
Amicus Cellars and X Winery are two distinct labels that were established in 2000 as a business plan for an MBA class at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. The project identified the $10-$25 price point underserved.
X Winery was created to target this price category, (super-premium), and makes Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Chardonnay. The goal is to produce wines that offer much better value than comparably priced competitors.
Amicus Cellars specializes in Napa Valley wines using the traditional red Bordeaux varietals (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec). Amicus uses grapes from their four distinct vineyards in the St Helena, Yountville, Howell Mountain, and Spring Mountain AVAs. Wines are aged from 18 to 26 months in 100% French oak from the Allier, Limousin, and Never Forests.
The 2003 Amicus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has peppery and dark fruit aromas and flavors. This wine has won several awards including a gold medal at the 2005 Orange County Fair and a silver medal in the 2006 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.