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Our Story & Wines

A vineyard with the magic of stardust sprinkled about is surely like no other.

Serendipity has no timetable. It happens, or it doesn’t. But once in a very great while, the stars and planets align perfectly, and in just that moment, magic happens.

And so, it was when Michael Dellar, a restaurateur whose restaurants have earned Michelin Stars and James Beard Awards, and Mort Friedkin, a real estate developer of extraordinary properties, climbed a hill on Soda Canyon Road in Napa Valley after a 20-year vineyard quest. They immediately understood the possibilities.

The aging process enhances the magic of what comes before. First, each vintage spends approximately 27 months in a combination of new and neutral French Oak barrels before bottling. Then, our unique practice of bottle-aging Stardust for up to three years before release helps to align all the elements into a truly delicious and harmonious wine of classic proportions, ready to enjoy upon purchase, but with excellent aging potential.

Stardust is the magic in the soil, the grapes, and the dreams of the viticulturists and winemakers who create our celestial wine.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)

Harvest: October 12
Alcohol: 15.2%
Barrel Aging: 27 months in 60% new French Oak and 40% neutral French Oak
Bottle Aging:  30 additional months before release.
Cases: 100 cases total, bottles and magnums

Winery Notes: 2016 presented a little below average rainfall and a fairly even growing season with occasional heat spikes. Yields are always low (below three tons per acre) and this vintage was no exception. Deep ruby color with aromas of cassis and cherry with a skosh of wild thyme and cloves, and flavors of black cherry and dark berries. Tannins are present which balance the supple mouth-filling richness to add complexity and strength. 


Connoisseurs’ Guide – 92

Price: $100/bottle (1, 3, 6, 12 pack), $225/magnum

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)

Harvest: October 12
Alcohol: 15.4%
Barrel Aging: 24 months in 75% new French Oak and 25% neutral French Oak
Bottle Aging: 24 additional months before release
Cases: 100 cases total, bottles and magnums

Winery Notes: A warm winter (so what else is new?) resulted in an early bud break followed by a wet spring and back to a warm summer. The small crop yielded a concentrated wine, deep garnet in color with a spice box nose of cinnamon and cloves, and deep black cherry and black currant flavors. A long persistent finish lingers on the palette thanks to two extra years of cellar-aging.

Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition: 94 – Platinum Award
Connoisseurs’ Guide – 93

Price: $100/bottle (1, 3, 6, 12 pack), $225/magnum