The idea behind Appellations was to zag when everyone else was zigging. To buck the trend of focusing on ever smaller plots of land and produce a wine that reflected Napa Valley as a whole. When the brand was conceived, Napa had exactly 13 AVAs, hence the wine’s name.

To express the connection between each vinyard chosen for this blend, we linked 13 vines arm-in-arm around the circumference of the bottle and grafted the number “13” onto the hero vine.

In 2004, a 14th AVA was added (Oak Knoll) and the named changed to Fourteen. In 2009, a 15th arrived (Calistoga) and the name changed again. The current release, Sixteen, reflects the addition of Napa’s newest AVA, Coombsville.

Silkscreened “armband” of vines with wax cap detail.
Silkscreened “armband” of vines with wax cap detail.

 

Whenever Napa Valley adds an appellation, Appellations calls the printer.
Whenever Napa Valley adds an appellation, Appellations calls the printer.