We had the honor of tasting with Mitch Cosentino of PureCru wines a sampling of his releases. Mitch is an icon of innovation in the Napa winemaking tradition. Cosentino began making wine in small lots in Modesto, California in 1980. Ten years later he moved the Cosentino Winery operation to the Napa Valley, where he continued to make many award-winning varietal and blended wines.
Cosentino has a gift for identifying fruit sources and is highly skilled and artistic in determining blends. He’s a big believer in the hands-on, old world use of punched cap fermentation, a labor-intensive, hand-crafted method of winemaking. When it comes to the small lots Cosentino puts into his pureCru blends, this "micro" approach to winemaking allows him to better control the delicate process from the vineyard to the bottle.
All of the wines that we tried were impeccably balanced between fruit, acidity and oak, and will make for great food wines as well.