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Spotlight on Terroir: Lagniappe Peak Vineyards

Feb 23, 2017 10:07:00 AM / by Merchant23 Inc.

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A lagniappe (/ˈlænjæp/ lan-yap): "a small gift given a customer
by a merchant at 
the time of a purchase" or more broadly, "something
given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure."

Lagniappe Peak is a family owned, Estate Winery located in Napa, California. Created by Debb and Bob Almeida in 2007, the couple is constantly focusing on their care, craft, and terroir. 

"First and foremost, we care to create wines that perfectly express the place and micro-climate that give our fruit its unique expression of each varietal’s characteristics."

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Their craft has been perfected by head Winemaker, Kian Tavakoli. Kian graduated from UC Davis in 1992, with a degree in genetics and viticulture. His first assignment in Napa took him to Opus One, where he spent four years as enologist. He subsequently moved to Clos du Val, where he spent 9 years; eventually heading the Cabernet Sauvignon program, including their prestigious Napa Valley Reserve bottling. Kian combines his extensive experience in making award winning Napa Valley Cabs and Bordeaux blends

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"Craft defines everything that we do... Our winemaking adheres to these guiding principles in the handling of our fruit, the selection of our barrels and the custom blending of each vintage."

Lagniappe Peak specializes in Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet, Sauvignon Blanc, and Red Blends.

Finally, Lagniappe Peak is nestled in the beautiful AVA of Atlas Peak.

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"Our vineyard has been designed to express the unique aspects of our location and soil. We strive to select grower partners who share the same vision and dedication. In a word, we want our wines to embody the unique terroir of Lagniappe Peak and of our partner vineyards."

At Lagniappe Peak they create two portfolios of wines. The first are wines made from grapes exclusively grown on their estate; these are the Proprietor’s Reserve. They also create wines made from grapes sourced from growers, which are single vineyard designate wines. Their passion is to bring customers the highest quality wine.

"We don’t care to be big; rather we care to be stewards of the land and vintners of wines with exceptional character."

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And of course we can't leave out the adorable Malbec - Chief Mischief Maker! Malbec joined the team in September 2012 and quickly assumed her role as head of mischief and overseer of all operations. In addition to her extensive responsibilities, Malbec also served as the muse for the Lagniappe Pugsley Syrah.
Check out what Lagniappe Peak has to offer here!


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