Partridge Cellars Blog

The Creation of our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon March 11 2015

We have eagerly awaited the release of our 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon since harvest. 

An anomalous year, 2011 forced us to both intervene more in the vineyards to compensate for exceptionally cool and wet weather conditions and to take a step back and embrace the unique will of nature that we knew would define the vintage. 

Harvest was delayed in October as we wished for a heat spike that would mellow out acidity in the grapes, and though we got it by the 11th, precipitation remained a problem. 

Vineyard Manger, John Arns, made the ultimate decision to harvest by the end of the second week in October as temperatures reached the mid-80’s, and despite a tough beginning for our grapes, the work of Jeff Fontanella during the winemaking process resulted in a Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon that is bright, juicy, and has a balanced acidity that really proves the importance of every step of the winemaking process, from farm to bottle.

Our 2011 Richard Partridge Cabernet Sauvignon is one that should be carefully contemplated and appreciated, as the true story of this wine is in the bottle.  

We are excited to share this wine with you during our grand release on March 16!  Please check back for details and ordering information.


Richard and Cris Partridge



2013 Richard Partridge Chardonnay is Now Available! July 07 2014


We produce under 100 cases of our Richard Partridge Chardonnay each year.  This crisp, sexy Chardonnay does not undergo malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the bright citrus characteristics typical of Chardonnay grapes from the cooler Carneros region of Napa Valley.  This wine completed its aging process in 100% French oak for 8 months.

Tasting Notes

Citrus, pear, and plantain aromas.  Hints of toasted oak and vanilla bean.  In the mouth, apricot and peach flavors integrate with tangerine type citrus.  This wine is complex and rich, with a vibrant acidity and a long, silky finish.


To order this limited production 2013 Richard Partridge Chardonnay, please visit our website or contact Jessica at 562.802.7345, or  We look forward to hearing from you, and welcome any questions or comments.


Richard and Cris Partridge

2013 Chard Release Date Announcement June 23 2014

2013 Chard Release Date Announcement

I’ve had several celebratory glasses of wine since completing my MBA last month, some good and some not so good.  Several bottles have come from our own cellar – a little quality control of past vintages,  you could say – and what I’ve found is that I really have a preference for our own wines.  Call me biased, but they’re darn good, and continue to impress me.  I’m digressing…
The real point of this email was to tell you that one of the glasses (a rather heavy pour, I may add) I had the chance to imbibe last week was our forthcoming 2013 Chardonnay (you may have seen that on Facebook if you’re following us there). 

With only a week in bottle at my time of tasting I immediately discussed a release date with Richard, as this vintage is about as delicious as any chardonnay I’ve ever tasted.  So with that, we’ve decided on a release date for our 2013 Chardonnay!  Drumroll please…

July 7, 2014!

My description of this vintage:  “Like summer in a glass!”  Bright, crisp, citrus flavors with a balanced and smooth finish.  Cris adds, “Major pear and some vanilla, peaches too."

We’ll keep you informed as the release date nears, but for now mark your calendars.  We only made 80 cases of this wine, the same as last year, and that vintage sold out in 4 months!

With the weekend nearly here, I hope you have some delicious juice to sip on.  Enjoy!

Jessica Stock
National Sales Manager