Tradition. Italian. Family. Tradition, Italian, and Family: these are the foundation of Apolloni Vineyards and its winemaking. The label is inspired by an original piece with its origins dating back to the 16th century. It depicts the Apolloni family coat of arms, featuring a black eagle as a sign of strength, as well as the helm from the armor of the captains of Scalve. The handwriting in the background documents the origins of the coat of arms from the Milan State archive. The lettering of the name, Apolloni, is Roman, always in bold capitals. The Apolloni family's Italian origins are from the Arezzo region in Tuscany, Italy, and has a long tradition in winemaking of over 150 years. History and tradition have always been important and continue to be. Alfredo Apolloni, a first generation American, comes from a long line who have taken pride in retaining their family name. In each generation there has been either an Adolfo or an Alfredo, alternating by generation. Alfredo has continued the tradition by naming his son Adolfo, in honor of his late father.
The 2015 vintage in Carneros Napa Valley saw early budbreak, giving way to a cool spring and event, steady growing season. Known for its fierce and persistent winds coming off San Pablo Bay, Carneros grape vines struggle to find nutrients and retain moisture. Through this struggle, their flavors become concentrated and gain complexity. Due to the enduring California drought, the 2015 vintage saw crop yields down by 15%, each vine producing less but more flavorful fruit than seen in recent years. The result is 2015 wines that showcase a unique depth of flavor, richness and complexity.