Tierra Roja is an exclusive, extremely limited production Cabernet Sauvignon made from grapes grown on a precious 4½ acre vineyard, located in Oakville, at the heart of the Napa Valley. Named for the distinct red earth that gives the fruit its unique flavors, Tierra Roja is hand-crafted by winemaker David DeSante, who truly captures the essence of the soils in this powerful, yet elegant wine. Since the initial 2003 vintage, the wine has met rave reviews from wine professionals and consumers alike.
Owner, Linda Neal, has been growing grapes at this location since the late 1980s, though vineyards were planted here as far back as the 1920s. For over 20 years, Linda has been a vineyard manager, tending vines for other owners, but she now concentrates full time on her own vineyard and wine.
Complementing her efforts at Tierra Roja, Linda recently opened her Mellowood Vineyard winery on a 25-acre ranch in the Fair Play appellation of El Dorado County where, in 2002 she developed a 9-acre vineyard of Zinfandel and Syrah. David gently converts the fruit from this land into lovely, single varietal bottlings.
Rounding out Linda’s wine portfolio is a special, proprietary red blend, comprised of fruit from both of her vineyard properties, under the “Scarlett” brand. Again, David’s masterful winemaking has resulted in an absolutely stunning wine!