|Owner(s)||Charlene Stolo, Don Stolo|
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Don and Charlene Stolo bought 53 acres at the mouth of the Santa Rosa Valley about one and one half miles inland from the town of Cambria in the Central Coast of California in 2002. The known history of the Stolo Family property dates back to the late 1800s. In 2002, the property was acquired by the Stolos who decided to begin producing their own wine. As Italian- Americans, Don and Charlene grew up with wine as part of their family's meals and celebrations. Their grandparents on the East Coast bought grapes from California to make wine. In 2004, with the help of their three children and neighbors, Don and Charlene harvested their first vintage from Stolo Family Vineyard. They bottled 176 cases under the Tre Viti Wines label. Tre Viti is Italian for “three vines.” The theme of three was a natural considering the Stolos have three children and three varieties (Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah) are planted in the Stolo Family Vineyard. Each new vintage is dedicated to Don and Charlene’s grandchildren whose name is displayed on the label.
The Tre Viti winemaker is Stephen Dooley. Dooley is a University California Davis graduate with over twenty years of experience as a winemaker at Louis Martini Winery, Edna Valley Vineyard and Stephen Ross. The Stolo Family Vineyard is managed by Bill Kesselring who has been consulting on vineyards for a decade in Napa Valley, Sonoma County and the Central Coast including wineries such as Turley, Talley and Justin.
The proximity of the Stolo Family Vineyard to the Pacific Ocean which lies less than three miles away, makes the vineyard site unique. The location is quite cool and protected from heat spikes creating growing conditions that lead to a long hang time and small berries with concentrated flavors.
Future plans include construction of a winery and wine tasting facility on the property with projected completion in 2009 and the planting of additional vines on the land adjacent Santa Rosa Creek.
Tre Viti Wines are sold on the winery’s website. 866-212-7168. The winery produces a Pinot Noir from the estate Stolo Family Vineyard and Bien Nacido Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley).
2006 Tre Viti Wines Stolo Family Vineyard Anna di Isabella Central Coast Pinot Noir
14.9% alc., 72 , $32. Yields 1.24 tons per acre, harvested at 27.4 Brix. Aged in 33% new French oak. Unfined and unfiltered. · Dark fruit aromas with whiffs of oak spice. A mid-weighted wine with ripe dark raspberry, edible flower and oak flavors. The tannins are nicely corralled and there is a refreshing citrus note to the finish which lingers with a riff of herbaceous oak. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »