Fifth-generation Nichelini winemaker Aimée Sunseri and the Nichelini family will release the winery’s 2010 Antoinette Block Nichelini Petite Sirah during a weekend celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Nichelini was an early pioneer of single-varietal bottling of petite sirah in Napa Valley reaching its zenith in the 1970s and 1980s. Then, with the demand for petite sirah in general decline, none was made from 2002 through 2008.
According to a news release, in 2009, Sunseri became the head winemaker and decided to try and resurrect Nichelini petite sirah. The 2009 Josephine Block went on to be a gold medal winner with rave reviews and sold out quickly.
“This petite sirah is quite special,” Sunseri said. “It is a petite sirah that harkens back to the early days, but boldly expresses what this full-bodied grape is capable of being.”
The celebration will include wine, food pairings, accordion music, and stories told by Nichelini family members.
The Antoinette Block is a vineyard block named in honor of the 11th Nichelini child, Antoinette, who was born in 1913.
The Nichelini Family Winery is the oldest family-owned winery in Napa County and is located at 2950 Sage Canyon Road near St. Helena. For details and directions, visit NicheliniWinery .com or call 963-0717.