Beginning in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Highway 12 winds and bends its way westward through the vineyards and marvelous landscapes of the Foothills Region, through Lodi and its venerable growths of old Zinfandel and then further west down through Napa and Sonoma’s famed Carneros Region. After its transverse of the entirety of Sonoma Valley, Highway 12 winds up at the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean and the rapidly emerging appellation that covers the Sonoma Coast. It took Paul Giusto and Michael Sebastiani, co-founders of the rapidly growing Highway 12 Wines, to embrace this wonderful stretch of highway by naming their fledgling winery after its legendary stretch of roadway. Giusto banded together with Michael Sebastiani of the noteworthy Sonoma family to start Highway 12 Wines back in 2003. With Sebastiani as the winemaker and Giusto as the sales and marketing figure, they produced a smallish 650 cases for their first release to the general public. Production started out slowly and over the past few years really started to pick up, topping out at 20,000 cases for this vintage, a level that Giusto feels is comfortable for the operation. Judging from Highway 12’s initial successes, their wines are already held in extremely high regard by the trade press and in the opinion of wine competition judges who have awarded a number of Gold Medals to the winery’s first few years of entries. Highway 12 Wines is atypical of other area wineries in that it makes use of a number of different growing appellations to present its portfolio of wines. Its wines offer insight into these various growing areas while maintaining a unique style that sets it apart from other wineries.
Highway 12 Wines - Sierra Nevada Foothills
Diamond Plus! selection - 94 Points, Exceptional - 90 cases produced
- Highway 122007 Proprietary Red Blend
- 94 Points - Exceptionalid: 936