2021 Scout's Honor Proprietary Red Venge Vineyards

Scout's Honor Proprietary Red 2021

a Proprietary Blend from CaliforniaCA
$40 per bottle

(69% NAPA VALLEY, 31% SONOMA COUNTY) First produced in 1996, this wine is dedicated in memory of my beloved, yellow Labrador Retriever, Scout. We immediately recognized that he was an exceptional Lab when we first met him in 1989 at the Napa County Animal Adoption Center. Rescuing Scout proved to be a destined decision! He was a loyal and loving companion who helped us welcome visitors to our winery for seven memorable years. Our Scout’s Honor blend is based on a tradition of producing a full bodied and delicious red wine that is ready to consume upon release. We start with a base of old-vine Zinfandel and build upon that with old-vine Charbono, dry-farmed Petite Sirah, and finish with mountain Syrah. Full-bodied, concentrated, and gorgeous, with jammy, ripe black fruits, sweet currants, pepper spice, and mouthwatering deliciousness. IN THE VINEYARD We are fortunate to source fruit from vineyards that are managed by families who have been farming for over 100 years and who own and work the vineyards themselves, because it all begins in the vineyard. Signal Fire Vineyard located at Venge’s Calistoga Estate where the vines here are well established and dry farmed, with an average vine age of 70 years. Frediani Vineyard located in Calistoga consists of 100+ year old vines and situated atop rocky gravel and bale clay loam soil. Luvisi Vineyard located in Calistoga is also home to 100+ year old vines and borders the Frediani site. Moss Creek Vineyard in Capell Valley is farmed by the Moskowite family and home to over 185 acres of 50+ year old vines. Korte Ranch in Saint Helena is located on the valley floor near Ehlers Lane and offers gnarly, 70+ year old vines. Monte Rosso Vineyard in the Moon Mountain region of Sonoma County supplies 100+ year old Zinfandel vines. Grist Vineyard in the Bradford Mountain area of Dry Creek in Sonoma County offers 50+ year old Zinfandel and some Petite Syrah. Kick Ranch Vineyard in the Fountain Grove area of Sonoma County established in 1858, offers a nice hillside site with direct influence from the Petaluma wind gap. IN THE CELLAR Hand Picked and Destemmed Via Pellenc Sorting System, Gravity Flow to Stainless and Open Top Fermenters, Utilizing 100% Native Yeast Primary and Secondary Fermentations Over 12 Days, Diaphragm Air Pumps (Forced Air Pressure)—Bulldogging—and Transfers Via Gravity Only, Gentle Barrel-To-Tank Racking. 65% New American Oak, 35% Used French.


76% Zinfandel 14% Charbono 8% Petite Sirah 2% Syrah

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Venge Vineyards

The Venge family has farmed vitis vinifera varieties in Napa Valley for nearly half a century. It is a journey that began when Knud Venge emigrated from Denmark to the United States in the early 1900’s. Knud’s son, Per Venge, found his passion in the wine and spirits industry and started Vencom Imports, focusing on the importation of Western European fine wines and spirits. It was Per’s son, Nils Venge, who left the family business in the 1960’s with a vision to study viticulture at UC Davis and establish the family name as an icon in the winegrowing community.

The family’s viticultural roots flourished in 1976 with the purchase of a 17-acre vineyard in the Oakville District that was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This fortunate development cast the family among the winemaking pioneers of Napa Valley.

Nils’ and Dianna Venge’s son, Kirk Venge, gravitated to winemaking at an early age. He proved to be as talented a winemaker as his father, making wines in his own style, with a vision to build on the family legacy. In 2008, Kirk achieved his lifelong dream and acquired full ownership of Venge Vineyards. Today, Kirk continues the Napa Valley heritage, focusing on select vineyard sites that produce fruit worthy of bearing the Venge family name.

In the Vineyards

Our farming experience spans nearly a half-century in the Napa Valley. We seek vineyard locations that possess the requirements for producing fruit that will bear the Venge family name: a temperate climate of warm days and cool nights, porous alluvial and hillside soils with balanced nutrient deposits, and ample degree days to promote prolonged hang time for optimal maturation.

Winemaking Philosophy

Our experience spans four decades in winemaking. Both traditional and progressive wine production techniques are embraced, although we remain focused on our core belief: only fruit grown from select vineyards that has been handled gently and naturally produces wine worthy of bottling under the Venge family name.

Tasting Room and Visitor Experience

Nestled into the eastern foothills of the Palisades Mountain range, and surrounded by our 12-acre estate vineyard, you’ll enjoy our current Venge releases in a privately hosted tasting.

Advance Reservations Are Required.

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