Phifer Pavitt – New Kid on the Block Making Waves with Date Night Cabernet

Suzanne Phifer-Pavitt outside of the tasting room
Napa Valley’s 400 wineries come is all sizes, shapes, and styles. From the well-to-do luxury corporate winery down to the struggling small family-owned winery, and everything in between; it is all there for visitors to capture on a trip to the Napa Valley. Somewhere in this mix is what some call the “new breed” of Napa Valley wineries, one that concentrates on one varietal only and is doing it well. Like many of these wineries it needs plenty of startup cash to make a go of it for the coming years, as well as the right vineyard and great winemaker to pull it all together. After that the wine has to do the talking or its “so long, Napa Valley.” Last week we visited one such winery, Phifer Pavitt, and by all indications Suzanne Phifer Pavitt and her husband Shane Pavitt are doing everything just right. Their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, labeled Date Night, is a spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon. It is only the third vintage of the 500-case winery.

Read more