Established in 1994, Dark Star Cellars annual production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Meritage blend “Ricordati” (Re-core-dot-ee), “Always Remember”, hovers around 4,000 cases. Their focus is on producing small lots of ultra-premium hand crafted red wines. They feel our success comes from a gentle treatment of our wines from harvest to bottling. To that end, their grapes are hand harvested and slowly fermented. After fermentation their dedication to “synthetic gravity”, the use of low pressure pneumatic pumps and nitrogen racking, allows each wine to be gently moved from one stage of its life to another, ultimately allowing each wine to reach its fullest potential.
“Many wineries will tell you that they are a small family winery. In their minds a staff of fifty producing 100,000 cases is small. At Dark Star it’s me, my son Brian, my daughter Nicole, and my wife Susan. That’s it. Some days we make wine, some days we sit on tractors, and not often enough, some days we watch sunsets, but everyday it’s just us. Every single bottle we produce has our finger prints on it. If we don’t do it, it doesn’t get done. When you serve a bottle of our wine at your table you are serving a beverage we handmade, wine that we are tremendously proud of” – Norm Benson, Dark Stars’ Owner and Winemaker
Cabernet Sauvignon / Merlot / Zinfandel / Red Blends