PAGE MILL WINERY

Page Mill Winery began beneath the Starks' home on Page Mill Rd in Los Altos Hills. The year was 1976 and the Stark family built a following on classic varietals sourced from all over California. Son, Dane, went to school to study math and spent his junior year in Bordeaux, France. There, he studied oenology and fell in love with the wine industry. Upon his return he joined the family business for his first professional harvest in 1989. In 2004 he moved the entire operation to the bucolic Livermore Valley, fully intending to continue trucking grapes from appellations across the state.... but much to his amazement, he discovered a quality and value in the Livermore Valley that he had over-looked. Today Page Mill Winery boasts 95% Livermore Valley wines. Dane manages 3 of the vineyards organically, incorporating Biodynamics. Page Mill Winery is celebrating 44 years of fine wine production.

The Page Mill Winery take on the LVVC project

"The LVVC project is a natural outgrowth of the fabulous, creative, collaborative community of winemakers we have in the Livermore Valley. As we all strive to pay tribute to terroir, create exceptional wines of place, and seek to express ourselves, the LVVC project has provided an avenue to strive, together, to bring something exceptional and meaningful to the consumer and valley at large. I am extremely proud of our combined efforts, the resulting wines and what they say about our ability to bring "Peace through wine, one glass at a time." This inaugural vintage is comprised of equal parts Merlot and Syrah, with a large portion of Petite Sirah in the secondary tier and a touch of Cab. While working with the blend, an unusual one for sure, I most appreciated when the Merlot and Syrah were in olfactory balance, it happens that equal parts brought that about. The Petite is from our estate, organic vineyard and filled out the center of the wine and density of fruit. The new oak percentage is 15% and comes exclusively from the Petite. The final touch dash of Cabernet seemed to pull the elements together for an award winning wine."

Dane Stark - Owner/Winemaker

The blend:

  • 40% Syrah

  • 40% Merlot

  • 15% Petite Sirah

  • 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

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