Starfield Vineyards Launches as Sinton Family Returns to Wine Roots
April 17, 2014, Napa, CA – Starfield Vineyards announced the launch of its portfolio of five limited-production wines from Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Founded in 2011 by father-son team, Tom and Rob Sinton, Starfield Vineyards produces wines sourced from select cooler vineyard sites in premier winegrowing regions. The Sinton family has been involved in the wine business for four generations with ties to Napa Valley icon Louis Martini.
According to co-founder, Tom Sinton, “For us, a ‘Star Field’ is a unique site where fruit can develop the optimal balance of aroma, flavor and texture. Rob and I seek three characteristics in sourcing fruit for our wines – cooler climate, hillsides with rocky soils and terrific viticulture. Our next plan is to add estate wines from our new Sierra Foothills property, which is currently in first leaf, and eventually open a tasting room there.”
The inaugural releases include 2011 The Starbeam, a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($65 SRP); 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend ($45 SRP); 2013 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc ($26 SRP); 2011 Cuvée À Droite, a Bordeaux blend from Saint-Emilion ($55 SRP); and 2011 Cuvée À Gauche, a Bordeaux blend from the Medoc ($55 SRP).
The Sintons work with noted winemaking consultants in Napa Valley and Bordeaux to produce Starfield Vineyards wines. Kian Tavakoli consults on the Napa wines, and a team of three collaborate on the Bordeaux offerings: Eric Boissenot of Laboratoire Oenologique Boissenot, enologist for many First Growths; Stéphane Derenoncourt of Derenoncourt Consultants on the vineyard selection; and Château Lynch-Bages winemaker, Nicolas Labenne.
The Sinton family involvement in the wine industry began in 1919 when Tom’s grandfather, Dee Sinton, founded an early California winery and later partnered with Louis Martini in The Louis M. Martini Grape Products Company during Prohibition. In 1972, Tom began his winegrowing career planting his family’s 200-acre Shell Creek Vineyard in San Luis Obispo. He then went on to found ProBusiness, a payroll and human resources outsourcing firm, which he took public in 1997 and sold in 2003 with the goal of returning to the wine industry. Rob Sinton, his son, is a recent graduate of University of California at Davis’ Viticulture and Enology program.
About Starfield Vineyards
Starfield Vineyards is built on the belief that truly great wines are sourced from “Star Fields” – unique sites where fruit can develop the optimal balance of aroma, flavor and texture. Owners and father-son team, Tom and Rob Sinton are extremely selective about vineyards when it comes to sourcing fruit, seeking three primary site characteristics – cooler climate, rocky hillsides and terrific viticulture. Together, they produce five limited production wines from Napa Valley and Bordeaux. Founded in 2011, the Sintons bring to Starfield Vineyards four generations of winegrowing experience. For more information, visit www.starfieldvineyards.com.