The best grapes in Sonoma and Napa
A company built on friendship
The Patz & Hall story is one of friendship, the kind that warms our hearts at Galleon. It’s the coming together of two professionals – Patz, the sales manager, and Hall, the winemaker – and their shared philosophy about wine. They have also developed close friendships with the Sonoma and Napa growers who have been their loyal business partners for nearly 30 years.
Small vineyards, great wines
For Patz & Hall, there’s just one way to make great wine: it’s a matter of selecting the best grapes from the most exceptional plots. Over the years, the company has forged strong relationships built on trust and friendship with small-scale independent growers and select family estates that only use traditional methods to grow Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Impressive names in red…
Each lot of Patz & Hall wine bears the name of its originating vineyard, just as each Burgundy wine displays the name of its plot. These include some very prestigious names, evidence that Patz & Hall only works with the best. Look for
Larry Hyde, the local legend acclaimed by Wine Spectator who created the celebrated Hyde-Calera Pinot Noir. There’s also Charlie Chenoweth, the remarkable winegrower who supervised the vine planting (Dijon clones) at Jenkins Ranch, a former apple orchard now dedicated to Pinot Noir. The wines produced here are known for their exceptional balance of concentration and complexity.
Say the Dutton name and you’ll immediately be taken to one of the most prestigious vineyards in Sonoma. Founded in 1969 and managed according to the traditional family model, this estate provides Patz & Hall with grapes grown on different types of old Chardonnay vines. Dutton Ranch’s 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay releases aromas of white flowers and jasmine, elevated by notes of mango, papaya and green apple. This deeply textured wine reveals the charm and complexity of its vines, which are some of the oldest in the county.