Wine Geek Recommended
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Shelter Wine Company is the brainchild of David Stevens and a New York City wine broker. David also owns 750 Wines with his wife Monica (specializing in high end, limited production boutique wineries) located in St. Helena.
All of the Shelter wines are sourced from high end Napa area vineyards. David has many contacts within the area wine industry and is sometimes approached by vintner's who want to sell their "juice". This "juice" is not second label stuff - several wineries have very strict protocols about how much wine they produce, or find themselves not wanting to take on the additional workload that extra production brings, and this is where Shelter comes in. As a result, the wine has already been hand crafted by area vintners by the time Shelter does their final blendings. The locations and vineyards are secret which helps add to the the mystique of their wines! Let their wine speak for itself, Shelter will not bottle anything that they feel is not up to their exacting standards.
Producers, thought generally with cult status, are never reveled for any of the shelter wines.
The Napa Valley is one of the most highly praised regions in the wine world, and has been ever since the mid-70's (if not the mid-60's for Robert Mondavi and like-minded pioneers) for the quality of its climate, and its seemingly inexhaustible supply of moderate, ideal growing seasons. A region full of climatologically diverse sub-regions, it is a winemaker's paradise, as they are able to harness the potential of so many diverse terroirs within such a relatively small area.