In the beginning...
A 5th generation Northern Californian and graduate of UC Davis, in 1992 Tony Biagi began his first harvest internship. By the end of the first day on the crushpad, the seed of having his own winery one day was planted. In the time since, he has been fortunate to get to know and work with many of Napa’s top wineries, vineyards, and people. When it came time to bring his dream winery to fruition, Tony knew he needed a business partner that could be his sales and marketing counterpart. He turned to his good friend Kimberly Jones and asked her to join him on this journey of founding a winery. She said yes. In the Spring of 2013, Patria (transl. homeland) was born.
Friends for over 15 years, Tony and Kim first met through their work with Plumpjack Winery. While they disagreed about hair metal (Tony yay, Kim nay), they found immediate kinship in each others’ intellect, instinct and razor-recall palates. Read More
Once a youngster who menteed under such luminaries as Duckhorn’s Tom Rinaldi, Dan Duckhorn and Alex Ryan, Tony Biagi is now a bonafide veteran winemaker. In addition to Patria, he is the winemaker for Hourglass Winery and Amici Cellars, and serves as consulting winemaker for Clos du Val (Napa), Lasseter (Sonoma), and Jada Estate (Paso Robles). Prior to beginning his consulting work, Tony was the winemaker at Plumpjack (2003-2011) and founding winemaker of CADE, Sinegal Estate, and Neal Family Vineyards.
While Tony’s career may have forged a straight line, Kimberly Jones’s has been far more circuitous - but no less accomplished. From Manhattan’s red-hot restaurant scene of the 80s, to the New York and Hollywood film industry, it was on a lark - and in need of a life change - that Kim found herself venturing into wine sales in Los Angeles in the 90s. Having befriended Lori Griffin on a hike, she helped grow his brokerage Griffin Wine Marketing to represent many of that era’s groundbreaking new wineries. Having become a veritable queen of the cults, in 2003 Kimberly launched Kimberly Jones Selections to help usher in and foster the next generation of small artisan brands. KJS now distributes both domestically and internationally, representing over 60 California wineries and over 30 producers from Europe and South America. We suspect Kimberly may be superhuman.
Over the past 20+ years of living and working in the Napa Valley we’ve gotten to know a vineyard or a thousand. The vineyards we work with at Patria are not only the sites that most inspire us, but are also farmed by brilliant growers we are honored to call friends and collaborators.
Oakville Ranch Oakville, Calif.
Perched at 1,400 feet, in the eastern hills of Napa valley, Oakville Ranch may be the highest vineyard in the Oakville Appellation. Purchased in the mid 1980s by Robert and Mary Miner, and farmed organically by vineyard guru Phil Coturri, this 330 acre estate is home to 75 acres of vines planted in its rocky volcanic soils. Read More
Tony first fell in love with Oakville Ranch fruit while at Duckhorn Vineyards under the mentorship of Dan Duckhorn and Alex Ryan. Fortunate to work with many of Napa’s most revered vineyards, Oakville Ranch was always the crown jewel. Tony knew that when the time came to make his own wine, it would be his first stop. In 2013 - after much wooing and on bended knee - Tony was able to sign a long-term contract to purchase the fruit for Patria. The volcanic Andesite rock soils combined with the elevation produce grapes that are rich in color and flavor while having wonderful natural acidity even after long periods of hangtime. The 7 blocks we work with are comprised of three clones of Cabernet (7, SEE and 337), two clones of Cabernet Franc (332 and Saunders) and one clone of Petit Verdot (400).
A. Price Vineyard St. Helena, Calif.
Tony may not always be quick to awe, but that is what happened when he first met Alan Price in 1993. Tony was working as an intern at Hess Collection Winery - and while he had no idea exactly what Alan did - he knew immediately Alan was an expert at all things vine to grape. The legend of Alan continued to unfold when Tony later learned the St. Helena-native Price family were the original owners of the land now known as Spottswoode Estate. Read More
While they sold the majority of their land, the Price family kept a small 2+ acre parcel of the famed estate. In 1991 Alan planted just over an acre of the land to Cabernet Sauvignon – selecting the now prized heritage clone 7. Located at the mouth of one of Spring Mountain’s alluvial fans, A. Price is a quintessential St. Helena vineyard, producing intense black and blue fruit notes coupled with grace and polish. As the vineyard is small and shy-yielding, quantities will always be tiny – but it is a singular place – we are humbled and grateful to get to work with Alan and his spectacular fruit.
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Patria V.2018 Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromatically even more intoxicating than previous vintages, bolstered by the increase of Cabernet Franc to 15%. Primary notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, raspberry, cedar box, Herbes de Provence, and rose petals intermingle with flavors of blackberry, cocoa powder, soy and black olive. The finish is rich and full bodied with finely polished tannins, a hallmark of this vintage. It's hard not to go back or another glass. Esteemed wine critic Jeb Dunnuck opined the 2017 Oakville Ranch the best Napa Valley Cabernet under $100, and the 2018 is even better. Cépage: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot. (95-97 Jeb Dunnuck, 93-96+ Antonio Galloni, 93-96 Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
Available September of 2020
Patria V.2018 AvoyellesRed Wine
Of the all the wines I crafted in 2018, Avoyelles has put on the most weight during élevage. That weight, aromatics and perceived sweetness have taken it to rival - and perhaps ever surpass - the 2016. The main lots for this wine are co-fermented, leading to a slow evolution of the first half of the wine’s life in barrel, and a near catapult of complexity in the latter part of élevage. Aromatics of black cherry, red rose petals, crème de cassis and iron filings burst over the classic red dirt notes of the eastern Oakville hills. Primary flavors juxtapose fruit and savory: ripe black cherry pie filling layer with hoisin, cocoa, soy and lavender. The finish is full of sweet tannins, dusting the tongue ever so slightly to compel you back for a second (or third) glass. Densely packed, decanting reveals even more richness as the wine unfolds. Cépage: 48% Cabernet Franc, 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot (97-99 Jeb Dunnuck, 94-97 Antonio Galloni, 93-95+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
Available September of 2020
Patria V.2018 A. Price Cabernet Sauvignon
The Price Vineyard’s old school farming and old school clone 7 on 110r meshes perfectly with a cooler vintage like 2018, resulting in a wine reminiscent of Napa classics from the 70s. Savory aromas of fresh thyme, mint and lavender are followed by secondary aromas of dark chocolate, darjeeling tea and cedar. Flavors of dark chocolate, cranberry are flecked with hints of blackberry pie filling (the classic hallmark of western Saint Helena). The structure as well has more in line with traditional than with modern Napa Cabernet, and I anticipate similarly long aging potential as with the classics. A truly unique wine, it’s nearly as nuanced and charactered as its one-of-a-kind farmer Alan Price. Cépage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon (93-95+ Jeb Dunnuck, 93-96 Antonio Galloni, 93-95 Lisa Perrotti-Brown)
Available September of 2020