Calstar Cellars began in 2001 with the goal of producing exclusive, hand-crafted wines with a food-friendly focus.  In order to achieve this goal, Proprietor and Winemaker, Rick Davis, selects the highest quality fruit from award winning vineyards with site-specific character in Northern California.  We hope you enjoy our wines as much as we enjoy producing them!

What's Behind The Name?

We are often asked about our brand name "Calstar" and for all of you who are wondering I'm not a Cal grad, nor is the brand named after the State of California.  Calstar Cellars is named after Callie and Star, two of my wife's studio cats (she is a ceramincs artist) who were around when I was started the label in 1999.  That year, after bottling wine that we stored in our back yard under a tree, both cats, but Star in particular, also selected this as the best place to hang out and watch birds while soaking up warmth.  One afternoon while Lynn and I were trying to come up with a brand name and watching the cats hang out we came up with the alliterative (and memorable) name of Calstar Cellars.  

Our relationship to animals is wonderous thing and we do hope that our wines find as ready a home in your hearts as these two neighborhood cats found in ours.

Meet Proprietor And Winemaker Rick Davis 

A life-long interest in fine food and artisan craft led, Proprietor and Winemaker, Rick Davis to the wine industry.  With graduate work in soil sciences and his first experience as a cellar-hand for Rivendell Winery, a small winery in New Paltz, NY, he quickly learned the trade and excelled to Winemaker.  In order to pursue this newfound passion, his move to Sonoma County, CA left him in the perfect place to master winemaking and focus on Pinot Noir.

Rick has spent 20 years improving his process through experiences with Flowers Winery under Winemaker, Greg LaFollette, and as Consulting Winemaker with Londer Vineyards (2005-2011), Halleck Vineyards, La Czar Vineyards, and Alcina Cellars and developed Calstar Cellars, his own label, as an extension of these relationships.

He specializes in cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and has worked with many of the top producers on the Sonoma Coast.  Rick’s passion is to produce high quality, food-friendly wines that can be shared at every table knowing the bounty of the vine.

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2018 Rose of Pinot Meunier, Russian River Valley
$ 20.00

Vineyard Profile

Pinot Meunier is one of the three grape varieties used to produce traditional Champage where it brings richness, body and longer aging potential to sparkling wines. Rarely bottled on its own, this varietal shines in the cooler climate of the Russian River Valley, where the loamy Goldridge soils and cooling coastal fog create the perfect microclimate for this unusual varietal.

Winemaker Notes

Brilliant salmon rosy pink in the glass. Lovely aromas of strawberry, fresh stone fruit, pineapple and key lime jump out of the glass. Hints of wet rock and lemon blossom add complexity and round out the nose. Delightfully dry with laser‐ sharp acidity, this vintage is light and nimble on the palate. Flavors of strawberry and raspberry dance across the mouth supported by a grapefruit‐ skin finish that ties it all together and begs for another sip. A great example of what the Russian River Valley can produce with lesser known varietals.

200 Cases Made. 

Composition: 100% Pinot Meunier
Harvest Date: October 19, 2018
pH: 3.45
TA: 5.29
Fermentation: 80% Stainless steel, 20% Neutral barrel
Release Date: March 1, 2019


2017 Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley
$ 20.00

20% Discount On The Bottle Price With The Purchase Of A Case 

Appellation Profile

The Russian River Valley is blessed by a myriad of microclimates – however, the unifying characteristics are foggy mornings and evenings that cool off hot summer days in the vineyard.  The result is an extended growing season that allows grapes to fully ripen while keeping their fresh, vibrant acidity.  This climate is a perfect showcase for Sauvignon Blanc – the grape is at once both plush and tropical as well as pleasantly invigorating – the best of both worlds.  

Winemaker's Notes

Pale straw gold in color, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is bracingly fresh on the nose.   Notes of gooseberry, kefir lime, sweet ginger, and white pepper give way to more tropical fruits like pineapple and lychee with time in the glass.  The result of an extended drought, this vintage shows great concentration and precision on the palate with a laser-like focus on bright citrus, candied orange, and green papaya.  Juicy and penetrating, the finish lingers and cleanses with final notes of key lime and stony minerality.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc 
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 13.5%
pH: 3.2 
Acidity: 6.8 g/L
Aging Potential: 1-3 Years 
Release Date: August 1, 2018

2014 Calstar Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
$ 28.50

GOLD MEDAL - 2015 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
20% Discount On Bottle Price With Purchase Of A Case 

Vineyard Profile

Indinoli Vineyard is located on Vine Hill School Road in the Santa Rosa Laguna region, known for it's cooler temperatures, foggy mornings and sandy soils. It is planted to a mix of Old Wente, Robert Young, and #4, #8 and #809 Clones of Chardonnay.  This clonal variation takes advantage of the varied aspects of the vineyard and adds great complexity to the wines from this site.

Winemaker's Notes

Straw green yellow in the glass, this rich Chardonnay embodies what was a near-perfect vintage for coastal Sonoma Coast vineyard sites. The nose is focused and precise – green apple, Meyer lemon, kiwi and kefir lime. Supporting notes of toasted shortbread, vanilla and cut grass round out the aromas. On the palette, clean citrus zest acidity balances out the full body and rich fruitiness. The barrel fermentation lends to a creamy, luxurious texture and a hint of sweet baking spices. The finish lingers with wet rock, pineapple and key lime.


Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: Sonoma Coast 
Vineyard: Indinoli Vineyard
Bottled: July 2014
Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented, mL Complete
Alcohol: 14.2%
Release Date: October 15, 2015

Limited Production 146 Cases 

2014 Calstar Chardonnay Cuvée Ann
$ 35.00

20% Discount On Bottle Price With Purchase Of A Case 

Vineyard Profile

The Sonoma Coast is a world-renowned growing region known worldwide for its microclimates that contribute to slow grape maturation and optimum ripeness.

Situated just west of the Russian River Laguna, the Indindoli Vineyard is a premiere site for cooler climate Chardonnay.  Sitting just outside of the Green Valley appellation, this vineyard experiences cool coastal fog in the mornings and afternoons coming in from the Petaluma Gap to the south.  The Black Knight Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain is a much warmer and diverse mountainside vineyard.  Planted to five clones of Chardonnay and spanning several soil types, this 30-acre parcel brings great complexity to the blend.

Winemaker's Notes

This bottling is dedicated winemaker, Rick Davis' mother, Ann Davis, who passed away in February 2012 from complications with Alzheimer’s. 

Pale golden straw in color with very focused and fresh aromas of lemon crème, kiwi, kefir lime and Gravenstein apple.  An underpinning of sweet shortcake and vanilla adds complexity and richness.  The palate follows the nose: crisp, precise citrus and green apple bring brightness while secondary flavors of tasted shortbread, sweet cream, and subtle spice bring the wine into balance.  The finish is long and lingering, drawn through the palette by refreshing acidity and wet rock minerality.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay 
Appellation: Sonoma 
Vineyard: Indindoli Vineyard (87%), Black Knight Vineyard (13%)
Clone Selection: Varied 
Harvest: September 23, 2014 (Indindoli Vineyard) October 11, 2014 (Black Knight Vineyard)
Aging/Fermentation: 100% Barrel Fermented in European Oak, 30% New
Alcohol: 14.2%
pH: 3.4
TA: 5.9
Release Date: April 1, 2017

2013 Calstar Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
$ 45.00

89 POINTS ‐ ROBERT PARKER'S THE WINE ADVOCATE, ISSUE # 236, APRIL 2018 

Vineyard Profile

The Sonoma Coast is a world-renowned growing region known worldwide for its cool-climate Pinot Noir and microclimates that contribute to slow grape maturation and optimum ripeness.  The well respected and highly sought after Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir on Roberts Road is an elegant addition to the Calstar Cellars portfolio.  The Roberts Road parcel of the Sangiacomo Vineyard has located a the northern end of the Petaluma Gap with cobbled alluvial soil and bench deposits.  This location has proven itself to be the ideal site for Pinot Noir, influenced by morning fog, warm days and strong afternoon winds leaving the grapes plenty of hang time and development of distinct flavors.  

Tasting Notes 

A stunning vintage across the region, the 2013 perfectly balances rich, ripe fruitiness with firm acidity and broad tannin structure - the product of a long, extended growing season under near-perfect conditions.  Dried raspberry and cherry notes are balanced by sweet leather, black tea and forest floor.  On the palate, the fruit notes support primary savory flavors of roasted meat, minerality and mushrooms with hints of sweet baking spice and pomegranate.  Lovely and nimble, the tannins flex across the back of the mouth, carrying cassis and white pepper into the finish.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition:  100% Pinot Noir
Appellation:  Sonoma Coast 
Vineyard: Roberts Road Parcel, Sangiacomo Vineyard
Barrel Aging: 30% New, European Oak
Alcohol: 14.5%
Harvest Date: October 12, 2013
Release Date: August 1, 2018

 

Limited Production 122 Cases 

2014 Calstar Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
$ 33.00

Winemaker Notes 

The Sonoma Coast, a world-renowned growing region southwest of the Russian River and just six miles from the Pacific Ocean is known worldwide for its cool-climate Pinot Noir and microclimates that contribute to slow grape maturation and optimum ripeness.  Small lots of fruit were sourced from five exceptional Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley vineyards exclusively for Calstar Cellars Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.   The sites span the depth and width of the appellation – from the coastal De Voto Vineyard near Freestone to the Sangiacomo Vineyard in windy Petaluma Gap – bringing great complexity and cellaring potential to this bottling. 

Medium ruby violet in color, the 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is delightfully fruit forward from the start.  Raspberry, dried cranberry, red plum and Bing cherry dominate the nose with hints of sassafrass, warm spice and cedarwood starting to develop once the wine opens up in the glass.  A stellar vintage, 2014 brings supple, ripe tannins and great purity of fruit with that is anchored by signature Sonoma Coast earth: wet river rock, forest floor and loam. Juicy cranberry acidity carries the wine through the palette, finishing with fresh strawberry, sweet oak and a pebble-like minerality. 

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Vineyards: 34% Black Knight; 23% Vining; 17% Indinoli; 17% Sangiacomo; 9.0% De Voto;

Appellation: Sonoma Coast

Alcohol: 14%

pH: 3.68

TA: 5.8 g/L 

2015 Oppenlander Pinot Noir
$ 33.00

20% Discount On The Bottle Price With The Purchase Of A Case 

Winemaker Notes 

Vibrant ruby violet in color, the 2015 Oppenlander Vineyard Pinot Noir embodies  the classic, brooding dark fruit and earth of Mendocino Pinots, but with the startling concentration and intensity found only in such historic vineyard sites as this.  On the nose, it leads with loamy mushroom, jammy berry and soft cedarwood – all notes that harken to the own-rooted vines in heavy clay soil.  The palate follow suit and does not disappoint:  primary flavors of pomegranate and bing cherry quickly recede, setting the show for sweet aged leather, dark chocolate, violets and dusty minerality.  Soft, yet chewy tannins balance the cool-climate acidity and bring the wine into balance.  Complex and layered, this bottling promises to reward those who can wait 5-8 years in order for the wine to mature and fully realize the intensity and concentration of the site.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir

Vineyards: Oppenlander

Appellation: Mendocino

Alcohol: 14%

pH: 3.68

TA: 5.8 g/L 

2016 Calstar Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
$ 40.00

Vineyard Profile 

The Russian River Valley is the premiere growing region for new-world Pinot Noir.  Nearly 15 miles wide and tall, this appellation spans much of the Russian River watershed from the Mendocino County border to the Pacific Ocean.  Much of the region experiences daily coastal fog which cools the vineyards and slows ripening - perfect for growing Pinot Noir.  Many vineyard sites are more protected from wine than those in the Petaluma Gap and share characteristics with the rich Santa Rosa plum orchards which used to be grown on many vineyard sites years ago.  

Winemaker Notes 

Medium ruby-violet in color, the 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is the first "non-draught" vintage after nearly five low precipitation years.  The fruit is delightfully plump and juicy, redolent of cranberries, dried cherry, strawberry compote and cola.  Smooth, yet firm tannins coat the mouth and bring the fruitfulness into focus.  Secondary notes of dried mushroom, wet forest floor and sweet cigar tobacco add fantastic nuance and give a hint of what is to come for those who are patient enough to cellar this bottling another 4-6 years.  The finish is long and fresh with an emphasis on sour cherries and sweet vanilla.

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 14.2%
pH: 3.64
TA: 5.96
Aging Potential: 4-6 Years

2018 Calstar Cellars Pinot Meunier, Russian River Valley, Christina's Vineyard
$ 35.00

Vineyard Profile

CHRISTINA’S VINEYARD, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
Pinot Meunier is one of the three grape varieties used to produce traditional Champage where it brings richness, body and longer aging potential to sparkling wines. Rarely bottled on its own, this varietal shines in the cooler climate of the Russian River Valley, where the loamy Goldridge soils and cooling coastal fog create the perfect microclimate for this unusual varietal.

Winemaker Notes

The 2018 Pinot Meunier sets itself apart from Pinot Noir immediately with its bright violet red color bordering on magenta. The vibrant color carries over to the nose, where the fruit notes practically jump from the glass. Ripe, bright red cherry, raspberry compote, cranberry and soft cinnamon are supported by aromas of sweet tobacco and wet rocks. On the palate, you can see why this varietal is used to bring complexity to sparkling wines: rich, vibrant red fruit flavors are bolstered by steely acidity that brings the wine into immediate focus. Soft, plummy tannins round out the mouth and counter the acidity, bringing everything into balance. Though drinking beautifully upon release, those with patience will be rewarded by cellaring the bottling 4‐5 years after vintage date to allow the immediate “baby fat” to mellow and give way to secondary notes of jam, leather and forest floor.

Composition: 100% Pinot Meunier
Alcohol: 14.1%
Harvest Date: October 19, 2018
pH: 3.46
TA: 5.29


2014 Calstar Alta Zinfandel
Starting at: $ 20.00

20% Discount On Bottle Price With Purchase Of A Case 

Tasting Notes 

Clear, deep ruby crimson color with violet glints.  A complex, meaty and multifaceted Zinfandel with all the power and fruit of an old vine vineyard.  Blackberry, au jus, toasty sweet oak and black pepper aromas are supported by hints of mushroom and dried thyme.  The palette follows with juicy berry acidity and velvety chewy tannins.  Flavors of black plum skin, fig compote, dried herbs and roast beef with concentrated fruit and a dark, brooding finish. 

Winemaker Notes 

As a true Zinfandel lover, Proprietor and Winemaker, Rick Davis, wanted a vineyard that balanced the big, jammy notes of classic Zin with the minerality, lean tannins and age-ability of a cooler climate.  In the hills of El Dorado County, vineyards range from 1,200 to 3,500 feet in elevation, exposing Zinfandel to hot, sultry days and very chilly nights during the summer season.  In addition, the growing season is longer than most appellations, with slow, gradual ripening creating balanced, food-friendly Zinfandels worthy of cellar time.

Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Appellation: El Dorado County
Vineyard: Cardanini Vineyard
Alcohol: 15.1%
Acidity: 5.64 g/L
pH: 3.78
Release Date: October 15, 2015
Aging Potential: 5-7 Years 

Limited Production 220 Cases 

2016 Calstar Za Za Zinfandel
$ 18.00

20% Discount Off Bottle Price With Purchase Of A Case 

Vineyard Profile 

Proprietor and Winemaker, Rick Davis first met Bill Stokes, owner of Stokes Vineyard, over ten years ago while searching for old vine Zinfandel in the up-and-coming area of Lodi in San Joaquin County.  The fruit from Stokes Vineyard never disappoints with richness and intensity that comes from old vines with subtle spice notes that all speak to the vineyard management and site.

Winemaker Notes 

The 2016 vintage marked the first year that the region was not in drought conditions in a while.  As such, this vintage carries more bright, high-tones fresh fruit and soft floral notes than previous bottlings.  The old vines stay true, regardless of weather conditions, providing aromas of juicy Bing and Maraschino cherry, raspberry and strawberry compote.  Supporting notes of sweet coffee, dried rose petal and violet add to the complexity. The palate follows the nose, leading the charge with heaps of fruit, subtle minerality and lovely, lingering acidity that draws you to take another sip.  The tannins are soft but coating and promise to round out over several years' aging.

 

Technical Data

Varietal Composition: 100% Old Vine Zinfandel 
Vineyard: 100% Stokes Vineyard
Appellation: Lodi AVA
Alcohol: 15%
pH:  3.48
TA: 6.3
Bottling Date: June 15, 2017
Release Date: August 15, 2018
Barrel Aging: 20% New oak, Hungarian & American cooperages