In 1996, Carl Doumani established Quixote Winery in the Stags Leap wine region. Before starting Quixote, Doumani owned and operated Stags’ Leap Winery since the early 1970s. During these years, he was instrumental in popularizing the Petite Sirah grape. After the success of Stags’ Leap, Doumani decided to start his own small production winery.
Quixote Winery was designed by the late architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser. The buildings have a whimsical appeal with vibrant colors and a lack of straight lines. In the 27 acre estate vineyard, organic principles are adhered to. Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah are grown on the Stags’ Leap Ranch property.
The 2003 Quixote Petite Sirah was made with estate grapes planted on a southeast facing slope. This is a deeply colored, tannic wine that will likely age for over a decade. 304 cases were produced at a cost of $60 a bottle.
The 2001 Quixote Cabernet Sauvignon was made with fruit grown on terraced hillsides. It has dark fruit flavors tempered by noticeable oak and chocolate flavors that will continue to mellow with time.