In 2011 Quivet Cellars purchased Cabernet from what we consider to have the potential of being one of the top three Cabernet vineyards in the Napa Valley. Rich in history, soils and prestigious neighbors, this is vineyard is a stone’s throw from the highly regarded Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard. Established in 1863, the Pellet Vineyard was among the first vineyards in Napa Valley of significance, and is named after Henry Alphonse Pellet. It joins other world renowned vineyards of historical importance such as To Kalon Vineyard established in 1868, the Dr. Crane Vineyard established in 1864, and the Charles Krug Vineyards, established in 1861.
The Pellet Vineyard, located in the St. Helena District AVA of Napa Valley, California, is famed for both its history in the California wine business and for its ongoing stature in one of the great Cabernet Sauvignon appellations in the world. The Vineyards rich history begins in 1859, when H.A. Pellet was hired by John Patchett to make wine from his grapes near the city of Napa. Charles Krug had made some wine at place in 1859, which was the first wine made in the county other than by the old Mexican process; with Henry Pellet arguably being the second commercial winemaker in Napa County.
In 1863, Pellet purchased 45 acres of land south of the town of St. Helena next to his neighbor, Dr. G.B Crane. He planted 38 acres in vineyards, and the other seven acres was used for the site of his home, the winery, barns, and stables.
In 1864, Pellet made a test batch from Dr. Crane’s grapes. Those efforts resulted with Dr. Crane being hailed as a leader in the new grape culture, and Pellet continued to maintain direction over the success of Dr. Crane's vineyard and cellar until 1866. He was famous as a no-nonsense expert on fermentation practices and for his aggressive winemaking style. Right up our alley!