Owner and winemaker Ernie Weir started his career at Domaine Chandon while attending University of California at Davis. He began Hagafan in 1979 while still at Domaine Chandon where he became Chandon's vineyard and nursery manager. Weir began modestly with his own label, producing wine with grapes from Winery Lake Vineyard, increasing production to 3,000 cases by 1990. In 1997, he left Domaine Chandon to build the Hagafan Cellars winery and tasting room on the Silverado Trail in the Napa Valley. Production has increased to 8,000 cases including sparkling wines.
Winemaking is kosher and the Pinot Noir is flash pasteurized for three minutes. The Pinot Noir is sourced from two vineyards in Napa Valley: mid-Valley California Soleil in Yountville and Fagan Creek in Napa Carneros. Multiple other varietal wines are produced as well.
Hagafan Cellars wines have been served on numerous occasions at the White House to visiting foreign dignitaries.
Hagafan Cellars wines are sold primarily to restaurants, mailing list customers, and visitors to the winery. Tasting and tours are available by appointment daily at 11:00 (1-888-424-2336).
Articles About Hagafen Cellars
2013 Hagafen Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Chardonnay
14.6% alc., $30. Sourced from Hall Vineyard. Aged in partial neutral American oak for 6 months. · Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. A solid offering from the first kosher winery in Napa Valley featuring aromas of buttery citrus, peach, yellow apple and vanilla. Highly flavorful on the palate with tastes of lemon cake, pear and green apple that persist through a satisfying finish sporting cleansing acidity. Slightly viscous in the mouth, with a hint of dry tannin. Score: 90. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »
2013 Hagafen Cellars Coombsville Napa Valley Pinot Noir
13.5% alc., pH 3.46, TA 0.58, 900 cases, $32. Harvest Brix 23.1º. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. The nose offers demure red fruits and dominating oak-driven vanilla and spice. The cranberry, strawberry and Damsel plum fruits are well supported by matched tannins, the mouthfeel is plush, and there is a reasonably long finish that features vanilla-scented oak. This wine will appeal most to those who welcome lavishly oaked Pinot. Score: 86. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »
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