Every Napa Valley wine lover should know this name: Henry Pellet.
It was wines made by Pellet, from vines planted by George Belden Crane, that provided one of the earliest indications that Napa Valley could create some of the most respected wines of California. And this was in the early 1860s.
Henry Pellet’s spirit lives on in St. Helena at the Pellet Estate, owned by Robin and Greg Krill. Longtime Napa Valley winemaker Tom Rinaldi crafts several wines here, including this rich and fruity rosé ($30). The 2014 is medium pink in color with red cherries, strawberry, and a touch of herb with refreshing acidity balancing the substantial flavors.
Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please bring it to the St. Helena Star office, 1200 Main St., Suite C during regular business hours. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.