August Briggs Winery

Owner(s) Matt Gacso, Jesse Inman, Colette Milliman, Lisa Salling
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August Briggs Winery

A family-owned winery that was located on the Silverado Trail in Calistoga, Napa Valley, founded in 1995, producing limited quantities of wines sourced from selected vineyards in California's North Coast counties. Owner August (Joe) Briggs brought over 25 years of winemaking knowledge to his label.

Briggs was one of the few producers to craft a Pinot Meunier. Pinot Noirs were sourced from vineyards in Napa Valley, Carneros, Russian River Valley, and the Sonoma Coast. The excellent wines, about 4,000 cases annually of several varietals, were sold to a dedicated following.

In 2011, August Briggs sold his namesake wine label to a partnership comprised of his nephew, winemaker Jesse Inman, and three, long-time winery employees, Colette Milliman, Matt Gacso and Lisa Salling. The new team assumed ownership of the brand and inventory, and is possibly the only employee-owned winery in California. The original 2-acre estate vineyard and winery was sold to Aubert. August Briggs Winery tasting room is now located in downtown Calistoga at 1307 Lincoln Ave.

Pinot Meunier is sourced from Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga. Pinot Noir is sourced from Sinskey and Green Island vineyards in Carneros, and Dutton, Archer and Cummings vineyards in Russian River Valley.

August Briggs will continue his wine consulting business.

Reviewed Wines

2008 August Briggs Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.3% alc., 503 cases, $38, release date is May 2010. Sourced from Cummings, Dutton and Archer Vineyards. · The fruity nose is subtle but seductive with black cherries flanked by cola and spice. Moderately light and delicate on the palate, the black cherry core is enhanced by notes of cola, and fungivorous delights. Beautifully crafted with well proportioned supple tannins and bright acidity, this is quintessential Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Very good. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 August Briggs Dijon Clones Napa Valley Pinot Noir

14.5% alc., 805 cases, $40, release date is May 2010. Sourced from the certified organic Sinskey Vineyard (Napa Carneros) and Green island Vineyard (Napa Valley). Dijon clones. · A lovely medium-bodied wine offering charm from beginning to end. Enticing aromas of black cherries, cardamon spice and a hint of toasty oak. Juicy melange of vivid berries and cherries on the palate with a tasty savory note and supportive but not intrusive oak in the background. The silky tannins make for easy drinking. The wine picks up intensity in the glass which is always a sign of a well-crafted wine. Reviewed April 23, 2010 ARTICLE »