The release party took place in the winery’s creek-side courtyard to showcase the new wine. This 17th release of LA VITA (“life” in Italian) comes from the 2014 vintage produced from a unique blend of 50% Dolcetto, 29% Refosco and 21% Nebbiolo aged for two and one-half years in oak barrels and then aged for an additional one year in the bottle prior to release.
The 2014 harvest yielded just 3,960 bottles and with 40% of the vintage pre-sold, a limited number of bottles remain for sale at $60 per bottle.
Each year LA VITA is released with a brand new wine label that showcases “wine in art.” Part of the wonderful legacy of wine is that down through the ages, wine has been proudly portrayed in art from the Egyptians to the present day. The 2014 vintage LA VITA honors “Give us Our Daily Bread” oil on canvas by Warren Chang (1957-), American, Social Realism.
With each release a portion of the proceeds from the sale goes to a local non–profit organization and the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust was recognized as the 2014 beneficiary. The Soquel High Scholarship Fund was the recipient of last year’s LA VITA.
Previous beneficiaries were: Panetta Institute, Camaldolese monks, Jacob’s Heart, Siena House, Hospice, Santa Cruz County Search & Rescue, Good Shepherd School, St. Francis Soup Kitchen and Porter Memorial Library, CASA, YMCA.
John Bargetto, director of winemaking, said, “LA VITA wine is our finest effort in winemaking; starting from growing these unique grapes, to producing the wine, to designing the art-series label. Each year the wine gets richer and more complex. The wine series has won numerous gold medals, and the 2006 won “Best Italian Blend in California” award.
This year, in addition, the winery is celebrating its 85th anniversary with a series of special events. Also the new Heritage label series is unveiled. This is an original Bargetto wine label first used in the 1930s, which has been updated and utilized for the winery’s “Northern Italian Varietal Series.” Graphic artist Ed Penniman was instrumental in completing this new label series.
Bargetto Winery, one the most historic wineries in California and the oldest winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, produces 11 SCM Regan estate wines: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay (and Reserve), five Pinot Noirs, Merlot (and Reserve) and LA VITA.
Bargetto Winery 3535 N. Main Street, Soquel, CA. Ph. 831-475-2258. Website: www.bargetto.com