Andrew Lane Wines
In the early 1980s, Dave Dickson and Sandee Hoffman founded Andrew Lane Wines. The winery produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Gamay Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. Their early Sauvignon Blancs were particularly acclaimed by critics and consumers.
From the beginning, Andrew Lane has specialized in a decidedly New World style, meaning the wines are made in a fruit forward style and are approachable in their youth. The timing could not have been better for these types of wines; this was and still is to a large degree what the American public wants to drink.
Andrew Lane’s 2004 Gamay Noir is a rare example of this varietal from the Napa Valley. Very little Gamay is still planted in the valley. This Gamay vineyard is located off of Silverado Trail north of the town of Calistoga. During the growing season, days are generally very warm in this part of the Napa Valley AVA.
The 2004 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon has plum and cherry flavors with chocolate and tobacco aromas from oak age. Andrew Lane’s 2004 Napa Valley Zinfandel is made with grapes grown in the Chiles Valley sub-AVA. The vineyard sits at an elevation of 900 feet.