"Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts."  - John Stuart Blackie

In magnum format to fit Jimmy's stature, this fabulous wine is aptly named "Jimmy" to commemorate this beloved, larger-than-life man and his legacy, the Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship Foundation.  Renowned winemaker, Tony Soter made this 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet-based proprietary red wine for Jimmy. Also incorporated in the Bordeaux blend are important contributions from Malbec and Merlot.  The wine is beautiful, comments Tony, with a lovely fragrance of cassis and wild berries spiced with a note of cinnamon toast from the oak.  The texture is immediately lush and generous with no tannins getting in the way of enjoyment.  The inky-colored wine is amazingly rich, complex, elegant and mouthfilling.  It has the means to age well for years to come, especially as it is all bottled in magnums.

 

Tony Soter has had a great influence on California winemaking.  Ever since coming to the Napa Valley in 1975, he has been fascinated with the process of grape growing and winemaking.  His first significant impact was as winemaker at Spottswoode in the 1980s, followed by stints at Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Dalla Valle, Shafer, Viader and Moraga.  Tony made some of Napa Valley's classiest wines and became one of the region's most successful consulting winemakers.  

 

Tony founded Etude Wines in 1982 and its name, "study," describes his reverence for the ongoing learning process that is winegrowing. Early in his career, he realized that there were innumerable variables that guided a wine towards excellence. He learned to distinguish between winemaking techniques fundamental to quality, and those that imparted a winemaker's signature. He sought to understand the voice of each individual vineyard, to maximize its expression in the glass.

 

By 1997, Tony owned a 45-acre parcel in Oregon's Willamette Valley, making his first Oregon Pinot Noir in 1998.  In 1999, he quit the consulting business to devote more time to family, Etude and Oregon.  Etude has become one of Napa Valley's most prestigious brands, with polished Pinot Noirs and rich, complex Cabernets.  In 2001, Tony sold Etude to Beringer Blass, staying on as winemaker.  Today Tony remains the guiding hand behind Etude Wines, but eventually he will transition to a consulting role, and concentrate on Soter Vineyards. At its core, Soter Vineyards is the culmination of many years of study and preparation. He brings to Soter Vineyards the experience of over 30 harvests, the erudition and attention to detail reflected in countless wines, and most importantly, the desire to make great wines from very specific places on his own terms.   Apart from being a culmination, Soter Vineyards is also a beginning. It is a family enterprise; with the eventual help of their children, Oregon natives Tony and his wife Michelle  hope to establish a legacy of august, estate-bottled wines, in the fashion of the great family domaines of Burgundy. 

 

FROM TONY SOTER (ON THE BOTTLE'S BACK LABEL)

This unique, limited edition wine was specially crafted by Winemaker Tony Soter to celebrate Jimmy Mancbach's remarkable life and the significant contributions he made to the contemporary American wine scene. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot all sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley. Just 450 cases were bottled all in Magnum format.

Jimmy Mancbach will forever be linked with California wine. As a wine merchant he was uniquely positioned between emerging talent in the California wine scene and great chefs of America. As a volunteer his countless hours organizing fundraising events featuring great wine and food are a testament to his generous nature. Jim had a passion for fine wine and food and a drive to make a difference in people's lives and this earned him the love and respect of his colleagues and friends.

It is in this spirit that The Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship Foundation was created, with the goal of enabling young people to pursue a passion that Jim shared. Jimmy's legacy will live on in the work carried out by the recipients of the scholarship that your purchase has helped to underwrite. Through the generous cooperation of Southern Wine and Spirits, Soter Vineyards and participating retailers and restaurants all the net proceeds from the sale of this wine will go to help endow the Jimmy Mancbach Foundation. As you enjoy this unique wine with friends may you think of Jimmy and toast to a life well lived.

"Wine is the drink of the gods, milk the drink of babies, tea the drink of women, and water the drink of beasts."  - John Stuart Blackie

In magnum format to fit Jimmy's stature, this fabulous wine is aptly named "Jimmy" to commemorate this beloved, larger-than-life man and his legacy, the Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship Foundation.  Renowned winemaker, Tony Soter made this 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet-based proprietary red wine for Jimmy. Also incorporated in the Bordeaux blend are important contributions from Malbec and Merlot.  The wine is beautiful, comments Tony, with a lovely fragrance of cassis and wild berries spiced with a note of cinnamon toast from the oak.  The texture is immediately lush and generous with no tannins getting in the way of enjoyment.  The inky-colored wine is amazingly rich, complex, elegant and mouthfilling.  It has the means to age well for years to come, especially as it is all bottled in magnums.

 

Tony Soter has had a great influence on California winemaking.  Ever since coming to the Napa Valley in 1975, he has been fascinated with the process of grape growing and winemaking.  His first significant impact was as winemaker at Spottswoode in the 1980s, followed by stints at Araujo, Niebaum-Coppola, Dalla Valle, Shafer, Viader and Moraga.  Tony made some of Napa Valley's classiest wines and became one of the region's most successful consulting winemakers.  

 

Tony founded Etude Wines in 1982 and its name, "study," describes his reverence for the ongoing learning process that is winegrowing. Early in his career, he realized that there were innumerable variables that guided a wine towards excellence. He learned to distinguish between winemaking techniques fundamental to quality, and those that imparted a winemaker's signature. He sought to understand the voice of each individual vineyard, to maximize its expression in the glass.

 

By 1997, Tony owned a 45-acre parcel in Oregon's Willamette Valley, making his first Oregon Pinot Noir in 1998.  In 1999, he quit the consulting business to devote more time to family, Etude and Oregon.  Etude has become one of Napa Valley's most prestigious brands, with polished Pinot Noirs and rich, complex Cabernets.  In 2001, Tony sold Etude to Beringer Blass, staying on as winemaker.  Today Tony remains the guiding hand behind Etude Wines, but eventually he will transition to a consulting role, and concentrate on Soter Vineyards. At its core, Soter Vineyards is the culmination of many years of study and preparation. He brings to Soter Vineyards the experience of over 30 harvests, the erudition and attention to detail reflected in countless wines, and most importantly, the desire to make great wines from very specific places on his own terms.   Apart from being a culmination, Soter Vineyards is also a beginning. It is a family enterprise; with the eventual help of their children, Oregon natives Tony and his wife Michelle  hope to establish a legacy of august, estate-bottled wines, in the fashion of the great family domaines of Burgundy. 

 

FROM TONY SOTER (ON THE BOTTLE'S BACK LABEL)

This unique, limited edition wine was specially crafted by Winemaker Tony Soter to celebrate Jimmy Mancbach's remarkable life and the significant contributions he made to the contemporary American wine scene. The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot all sourced from some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley. Just 450 cases were bottled all in Magnum format.

Jimmy Mancbach will forever be linked with California wine. As a wine merchant he was uniquely positioned between emerging talent in the California wine scene and great chefs of America. As a volunteer his countless hours organizing fundraising events featuring great wine and food are a testament to his generous nature. Jim had a passion for fine wine and food and a drive to make a difference in people's lives and this earned him the love and respect of his colleagues and friends.

It is in this spirit that The Jimmy Mancbach Memorial Scholarship Foundation was created, with the goal of enabling young people to pursue a passion that Jim shared. Jimmy's legacy will live on in the work carried out by the recipients of the scholarship that your purchase has helped to underwrite. Through the generous cooperation of Southern Wine and Spirits, Soter Vineyards and participating retailers and restaurants all the net proceeds from the sale of this wine will go to help endow the Jimmy Mancbach Foundation. As you enjoy this unique wine with friends may you think of Jimmy and toast to a life well lived.