Nancy Walker and Tony Stephen met while studying at UC Davis where they quickly realized that they shared a desire to start a small, artisanal, family-owned and operated winery in Dry Creek Valley of Healdsburg, California. Their venture has been an undeniable success, and has resulted in a cadre of award-winning bottlings that beautifully showcase the depth, complexity and elegance of Sonoma County wine.
For this never before, never again selection, these two intrepid winemakers chose a small Petite Sirah vineyard owned by Peter Van Alyea Family Vineyards. The location is remarkable and the vines consistently produce generous and easy-to-sculpt fruit. The finished wine showcases Stephen & Walker’s commitment to bringing out the flavors realized from the unique terroir of this vineyard and the Dry Creek Valley. It is a bright, powerful wine, filled with the palate-pleasing intensity for which the Dry Creek Valley is known—and it is the only 100% Petite Sirah in the 2018 Barrel Auction. The winning bidder will have the opportunity to share in a private barrel tasting with the winemakers.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.