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Darms Lane Winery - Oak Knoll District, Napa Valle

Platinum Plus! Selection - 90 Points - Wine Enthusiasts

During his lengthy career in the international pipeline business, Larry Bump
traveled extensively and was fortunate to experience the wines and cuisines of numerous countries throughout the world. Bump, now 71, became very interested in French Bordeaux wines and also the wines of Italy – so interested, in fact, that when the chance to invest in an upcoming Napa Valley winery presented itself, he jumped at the opportunity. That was in 1991, and the winery was Crichton Hall Vineyards, and was devoted primarily to Chardonnay growing and production.

Ten years later, Bump bought out the other minority partners in the winery and, in 2002, bought the remainder of the property from its original owners. He then renamed the operation Darms Lane Winery in homage to the esteemed road that the property sits on. Since Bump’s interest lay in red wines as well, he decided to plant Cabernet Sauvignon on his fourteen-acre estate, with smaller amounts of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Darms Lane Winery’s first release of some 450 cases came in 2007 and was met with outstanding reviews and great praise in the wine press. Little has changed and this year’s production will top off at about 500 cases, a number that Bump conceded is the perfect level for his tiny winery. “It began as a dream and turned into a charming business,” Bump recently explained. “I knew it could be fun in the beginning but I never expected it to bring the feeling of completeness that it has favored my family with.”

  1. Darms Lane
    2009 Chardonnay
    Darms Lane
    Oak Knoll District
    Napa Valley


    90 - Wine Enthusiast
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