A century-old Oak tree stands guard over our vineyards. Three generations of the Manning Family have enjoyed the gift of this Oak tree. It was the inspiration for our brother Corey when creating the Black Oak label over 20 years ago. As an avid gardener, he also planted Black Oak trees at his home. This deciduous tree has deeply furrowed bark and on mature trees is nearly black. The thick, almost black bark is marked with deep furrows and irregularly broken ridges. The moss around the trunk appears black, which is where the tree gets its unique color in maturity. On October 9th, our brother Corey and many others lost their homes in the Sonoma County Fires. On the first visit to his house, he noticed that the Black Oak trees were still standing but were charred truly black from the fire. Each week he returned to the site and one day, he noticed that underneath the charred trees were signs of green buds and rebirth. It was then that he realized that the Black Oak tree uses fire as a source of oxygen and regenerates itself to a healthy state of its true self. Now, as the Black Oak trees start to rebirth themselves, they stand guard over his home as he waits to rebuild.
Oak Farm Vineyards
Oak Farm Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate winery located in Lodi CA. The Panella family arrived in the region in 1936, and began an agricultural journey that ultimately culminated with the purchase of Oak Farm in 2004. As a third generation California Farmer, Dan reveled in undertaking the task of replanting the property’s 60 acres of vineyards in 2012 to fufill the vast potential of Lodi. Dan leads a talented team of agricultural specialists to build a diverse portfolio of wines made from estate fruit and selectively sourced grapes.
Candy Babee Pink Riesling
Flavor Profile: Oranges, Apples and Pears.
Food Pairing: Shellfish, Salad or Spicy Noodles.
Flavor Profile: Crisp and clean with citrus fruits.
Food Pairings: Bruschetta, Spicy Dinners and Almond Biscotti.
Jawbreaker Cabernet Sauvignon
Jawbreaker is a term used by our winemaker to describe a wine that is a “Big N Juicy” wine. The Jawbreaker Cabernet Sauvignon has all of these characteristics. With succulent fruit components and a long lasting finish, this wine will convince even the biggest skeptic to start saying “Give me some of that Jawbreaker!”
The grapes for the Jawbreaker Chardonnay are sourced from prized California vineyards, almost exclusively from the warm Central Valley. A well-balanced, silky Chardonnay that is sure to please the palate.
The bald eagle has always stood as a symbol of longevity and great strength. Majestic and unwavering, the bald eagle is able to command attention with a single glance. Our brother, Craig Manning, was an Eagle. Like the Eagle he was gentle in nature but mighty when he had to be, and others in his presence couldn’t help but be drawn to him. He would vouch for the weak, standing up for what was right at all costs. Drawing from these qualities as inspiration, we came up with our Protest Red Wine blend, which finished aging in craft rye whiskey barrels for 45 days. This wine provides aromas and flavors that will challenge your senses, and much like our brother who is gone but never forgotten and the tenacious Bald Eagle, this wine will stand the test of time.
The Zombie Zinfandel is blood-red in color. The aromas evoke visions of ripe blackberries and cedar coffins. The flavors meld together as an oozy mass of dark, ripe and horridly rich fruit with a layer of black pepper and spice.
Dusty Red Blend
Composed primarily of Merlot harvested from Gargiulo Vineyards in Oakville and Cabernet Franc harvested from Carpenter Vineyards in Saint Helena, the Dusty Red is a deliciously bold, yet balanced wine. Dark garnet red, offering generous aromas of toasted oak, baking spice, dark fruits, and hints of vanilla bean. The body is large and round, packed full of juicy blackberry, red plum, smoked bacon, chalky chocolate and layered spice. A medium-long finish is supported by ample tannins. Each varietal was individually fermented and aged, then drawn from barrels and blended prior to bottling.
Merlot – Money Road Vineyard
Made with Merlot grapes grown in the gravelly soils that brought to life some of Napa’s first 100 point Cabernets, harvested from Money Road Vineyard in the heart of Oakville, is truely a beauty (and quite possibly our favorite vintage yet).
If there was ever a time to use delicate and rich in the same sentence, this would be it. Rich, delicate and ripe with firm tanins, a nose of spicy fruits and vanilla bean give way to a body packed full of grilled plum, blackberry, blueberry and subtle herbal undertones. There is a tantalizing smokiness to this wine and a kiss of spice that prolong its fruit-filled finish. Drink now or hide it away, as it will certainly holdup into the next decade.
Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Our Reserve Cabernet is composed primarily of fruit hand-picked from a single block in our Centa Vineyard; the best fruit we have to offer. Intense summer heat and obsidian rich soils result in small, dense clusters of grapes bursting with complex flavor and tannin.
Spending nearly three years in French oak, this wine is not for the faint of heart. Dense, concentrated, and inky purple on the verge of black in the glass. Clove, cinnamon, saddle leather and heaps of vanilla on the nose with a body to match.
Juicy dark cherry, blackberry and black plum are layered over smoked meats, graphite, mocha, and a touch of dark cocoa powder. Soft sizable tannins are present throughout, bringing structure to the complex flavors and driving a seemingly endless finish.
As one the of the four Bordeaux wines used in blending into Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc is known for its aromatic qualities of floral violet, rich blueberry, and dark plum. Luscious deep red and burgundy purple in color, the immediate aromatics of this Cabernet Franc are of deep dark cherry, anise, and plum.
Aging for 18 months in select French oak barrels gives the wine delicate cedar cigar box aromas. Soft velvety tannins add to the mouthfeel, while plum, raspberry, mushroom and black pepper come together in a classic expression of Bordeaux varietal fruit. Beautiful and youthful, this wine has the tannins and acidity to age well for 6-8 years in the cellar.
Three Clones Cabernet Sauvignon
The Gibbs Three Clones Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of a superb growing year in Napa Valley. Consistently warm weather with few heat spikes and little threat of rain during harvest allowed us to pick at optimal ripeness to balance tannins, sugar levels, and flavor.
Three Clones Cabernet Sauvignon owes its name to the three Cabernet clones grown on the estate, 6 | 15 | 337, that create the base for this delicious wine. Each clone adds unique character and complexity to the blend.
Upon opening, you are greeted by mouthwatering aromas of ripe black cherries and the tantalizing dusty smell of french oak. A delicious, textured mid-palate of plum and dark fruits sprinkled with black pepper meets soft, sizable tannins for a smooth and silky finish.
Pinot Noir – Los Carneros
Gibbs Pinot Noir comes from one of the cooler growing regions in the Napa Valley, Los Carneros. Situated close to the San Pablo bay, this area is characterized by ample fog and regular cool breezes, making it perfect for cooler climate varietals such as Pinot Noir.
Aged in a combination of 50% new French and Hungarian oak, Gibbs Pinot has a unique and complex structure with deep, spicy notes. Dark in color and full bodied, the aroma and palate are of luscious strawberry, ripe cherry and rhubarb. This is a classic Pinot Noir that will become a household favorite in no time!
Langhorne Press White Zinfandel
Langhorne Press White Zinfandel is the perfect balance of fresh acidity and delicately sweet. Lovely aromas of ripe melons in summer and cherry blossoms in spring. The succulent flavors are of juicy tangerine, white peaches and just picked strawberries.
Napa Valley Chardonnay
Delicate on the nose, with a lush body packed full of ripe fruits wrapped in French oak, the Gibbs Chardonnay is a beautiful representation of a classic Napa Valley Chardonnay.
Barrel fermented in French oak and stirred on the lees for 16 weeks, the 2013 Gibbs Chardonnay boasts a beautiful straw-gold color. Upon opening, you are greeted by mouthwatering aromas of vanilla bean and stone fruits that give way to a deliciously round and buttery body full of juicy pear, ripe melon and hints of honey. Acid brings balance, making for a crisp and clean finish. The perfect Chardonnay for any occasion!
Saint Helena Sauvignon Blanc
Made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc harvested from Centa Vineyard, one of Gibbs’ two estate vineyards in Saint Helena. The fruit comes from vines grown near the banks of the Napa River, where relatively cool summer temperatures help retain a balance of flavor and acidity. After fermentation the wine is brought to tank for 7 months before bottling.
The Centa Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is light bodied with crisp acidity and an elegantly long finish. A nose full of tropical fruits, lemon peel and citrus gives way to a light, but immensely flavorful body bursting with mouthwatering green apple, pear and lychee notes. Enjoy!
We have nurtured the art of wine-making in our family for five generations. The tradition began with my great grandfather who lived in a small hill town in Southern Italy. A beautiful vineyard covered the valley beneath his village and he asked the vineyard owner for permission to pick just enough grapes to make a few gallons of wine for family and friends.
The wine turned out to be delicious and everyone asked for more. When his “hobby” began to take more time than running his small farm, he began to think about selling his livestock and planting some vineyards of his own.
Fate intervened when several family members decided to leave their little village and emigrate to America. My great grandfather was one of those who made the long journey. He settled in the Santa Clara Valley because he liked the warm climate and the rich, fertile soil. As a hired hand he saved every penny, and eventually made enough money to buy a few acres of land. His life-long dream came true when he planted vineyards on the land and started to make wine with his own grapes.