Sequoia Grove is situated in one of the most highly valued parts of the Napa Valley wine region. The winery’s famous neighbors include Opus One directly south and Beaulieu Vineyard to the north. Sequoia Grove has established its own history of premium winemaking. One of the buildings that house the production facilities was built in 1860.
Contemporary winemaking on this historic piece of land dates to 1980, when the winery was bonded. In 1978, Jim Allen bought the property and began planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Chardonnay.
Mike Trujillo has been the head winemaker since 2001. Describing his philosophy, Trujillo says, “In my winemaking I strive for balance and varietal character to come through. I don’t get carried away with the big, high-alcohol wine trend that influences much of the industry today. I strive for richness and balance from start to finish. This is the way I make wine.”
Sequoia Grove’s recent releases include the 2002 Semper V Napa Valley Red Wine (Meritage blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot), 2003 Rutherford Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petite Verdot, and 1% Malbec), 2003 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2005 Carneros Chardonnay.