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Published on Oct 12, 2009
O'Brien Estate winery began with a romantic dream: Twenty years ago, Girl say's to boy, "let's go to Napa Valley on our third date." Boy takes girl to Napa Valley. Girl say's to boy, "I dream of having a vineyard here one day." Boy adds to his "to do" list. Girl persists. Man endeavors. Eleven years later, dream comes true! Girl swoons. Girl is happy..man is happy too!
Bart and Barbie O'Brien have been operating their 33 acre vineyard in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley since the year 2000, when they bought their vineyard and bottled their first wine under the O'Brien label.
They make small production, handcrafted wines that reflect the unique terroir of the Oak Knoll district. They use only sustainable farming practices and afford low yields and wide-spaced rows in their vineyards. This provides the level of rich and concentrated fruit usually only found in mountain vineyards.
Their grapes are harvested by hand, crushed and fermented in small batches then aged in 100% French oak barrels.
Seeing how Barb and Barbie are both hopeless romantics, they've created a portfolio of poetic wines and include them all in a beautiful gift set. With names like Flirtation, Attraction, Romance of the Heart, Seduction and Reflection, these wines are full of hope and promise and each comes with an original poem on the back label.
The Oak Knoll district is becoming famous for their Merlot! The "O" in O'Brien makes a perfect license plate sentiment that is no truer to one's heart (or car) than Barbie's.."O, Merlot!"..right Barbie?
O'Brien Estate offers a very personable experience allowing you to sip wines in their back yard overlooking the vineyard. Bart is often there to talk "wine" with, and they're happy to give you a tour of their facility.