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Somnium Wine Proprietor Danica Patrick.

omnium Wine’s name comes from the Latin word for “dream,” and indeed, the vineyard was a dream fulfilled for Proprietor Danica Patrick. “I want to bring to people what helped me fall in love with the valley,” she says. “It’s not about density of tannins and weight of the wine, it’s about beautiful balance and elegance.” A 2006 trip to Napa Valley inspired a love for the area and winemaking. Patrick teamed up with winemaker Aaron Pott and purchased a piece of land on Howell Mountain. “I have this ability to turn thoughts into things pretty quickly, so after visiting Napa a few years back, in 2009, I bought the property and started the winemaking process,” says Patrick. Vineyard development began in 2011 and continued until 2014. The six-acre, certified organic vineyard is made up of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc grapes. “Petit Verdot was a natural choice. The planting is quite 6

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small, but the fabulous aromas of India ink and violets and the intense color work perfectly with the property,” says Pott. “The Petit Verdot is 0.15 acres and 0.37 acres with the rest of 6.01 acres made up of Cabernet Sauvignon divided into Weimer and See Clone.” The vineyard recently grafted over .35 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon to Cabernet Franc in 2014 and has high hopes that the 2019 vintage will be the first barrel of 100% Cabernet Franc. Pott ensures fruitful and healthy growth throughout all aspects of the growing season. “Somnium is a unique site and produces unique wines,” says Pott. “The wines are grown organically in order to show the purity of the site. We do not source grapes from other sites because we want to show this uniqueness, this purity in our wines.” That uniqueness comes from the terroir of the vineyard’s location, which climbs as high as 1000 to 1375 feet and is defined by the volcanic rock hillside that contributes to the robust and structured nature of Somnium wines.

On most days, the Somnium property is above the fog line in the Napa Valley. “The fog allows us to grow grapes in the Napa Valley and is the most important factor at our southern latitude that makes it cool enough for Bordeaux varieties,” says Pott. During the day, the altitude of the

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Photos (top to bottom): Will Bucquoy; Brent Miller Design.


Somnium Wine Represents a Dream Fulfilled