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One of the oldest wineries in the Napa Valley, Tulocay Wines was founded in 1974 by Bill Cadman. He is unique among Napa Valley wineries in that he has been producing both Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir for many years. Mark Bunter is the winery's winemaker consultant. The winery is located just east of downtown Napa in the Coombsville district, home to Haynes and Rancho Sarco vineyards. The Pinot Noir is said to be "Burgundian" in style, meaning it will age a long time.
The Tulocay Pinot Noir has been sourced from Haynes Vineyard since 1975. Other reds include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel.
Bill Cadman us a throwback to the time when Napa Valley was relatively quiet and an undeveloped agricultural area without all the luxurious wineries, hotels and restaurants. The Tulocay wines are not featured in the wine press since Bill refuses to submit his wines to the press for tasting. He prefers, like the vintners of old Napa Valley, to establish a personal relationship with his followers and customers.
As of 2017, much of the operation of the winery including winemaking duties is being turned over to his daughter, Brie.
Tastings include library wines and are $25 per person, but give Bill treats every visitor as a VIP. Call in advance (707-255-4064) for an appointment.