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100% woman-run boutique winery
“ Wine is a window into my soul …”
We are proud to be a small production wine label that is intimately tied to the family land where the grapes are sourced. SUTRO produces 750 cases annually: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Our philosophy of minimal intervention winemaking combined with restrained use of new oak allows the quality of the grapes to shine through the glass. Fruit that we source exclusively from Warnecke Ranch and Vineyard is processed across the street from the vineyard at the pristine and modern Medlock Ames facility where we oversee the process from grape to bottle with the support of consulting winemaker Lisa Bishop Forbes. She brings us 15 years of Chalk Hill Road winemaking experience and we are honored to have her intimacy with the region at the service of SUTRO wines.
Our wines have unique and recurring characteristics due to the strength of the terroir, the sustainable farming practices of Warnecke Ranch and Vineyard, and the minimal input winemaking that we practice in the cellar.
Our red wines perfect the elusive balance of elegance and power. SUTRO Cabernets are a bold ruby red color and known for their dark berry aromas with undertones of savory Provençal herbs and cacao. The body of the wine is held up by our signature razor acidity, a great compliment to powerful tannins.
Our highly sought after micro production of Merlot shows deep garnet hues in the glass and ripe dark fruit aromas accented by rosemary and earthy notes. It is smooth with just enough acidity to liven the flavors. The Sauvignon Blanc is a classic expression of Bordeaux white from the hilly southern end of Alexander Valley: refined tropical and faint floral aromas with lively acidity and minerality.
The Sauvignon Blanc is a classic expression of Bordeaux white from the hilly southern end of Alexander Valley. Refined tropical fruit and enticing floral aromas and a bit of sweet grass on the nose, the body shows lively acidity and minerality.
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Alice Warnecke Sutro is an artist, writer, and wine producer. She founded the wine label SUTRO in 2012 and manages all aspects of the business. She is also proud to work in agriculture for her family business: Warnecke Ranch & Vineyard, the inspirat…