Wine Dine and Play: Twomey Cellars

Twomey Cellars

Twomey Cellard is the sister winery of Silver Oak and has locations in Napa and Sonoma with future spots in the Willamette

The Best Of Both Worlds
Calistoga, Napa County, California USA
Wine Style: New World / Merlot
Average Price: $
Overall Rating: 84 points
Article Written: July 2017
Article Updated: September 2019
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Twomey Cellars Zomato rating:

Twomey Cellars Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

Château or Vineyard Owner:
Duncan Family of Silver Oak

Daniel Baron
Erin Miller

Twomey Cellars is owned by Silver Oak Cellars in Napa Valley. Their portfolio comprises vineyard-designated as well as appellation-driven wines, using grapes sourced from our eight estate family-owned vineyards in California. As of 2019, they will also be opening a pinot-driven vineyard and tasting room in the Willamette Valley of Dundee, Oregon. Their approach to winemaking is holistic, combining leading-edge wine-growing practices with traditional techniques and sensibilities. 

The wines of Silver Oak and Twomey
Twomey Cellars / Silver Oak sister wines

They embrace modern scientific methods which include mapping, planting, tracking, pruning, irrigating and tending to each block, each row, and each vine individually. In their cellars, they are constantly experimenting with innovative techniques and technologies that improve the quality of the wines. Sort of a best of both worlds.

Sustainability includes saving water, conserving energy, protecting the environment and promoting healthy vineyards. They follow modern IPM (Integrated Pest Management) protocols which partial use pesticides, to keep phylloxera in check but making it to where they attract beneficial insects, such as ladybugs, spiders, bees, and butterflies. They place nesting boxes in the vineyards for bluebirds and owls, which help keep unwanted insects and rodents at bay. They combine this philosophy, experience, and a sense of curiosity to craft their Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc.

The wine selections of Twomey in Sonoma County
Twomey Cellars / Wine Tasting

The nine-acre West Pin vineyard in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley is where they produce the pinot noir as they have a 50-year land lease. The Anderson Valley AVA is carved into the West side of Mendocino County, where along the hillside slopes can reach up to 2000 feet on either side. Then down to the coastal area, which receives double the rainfall that Sonoma County typically experiences in a year, and its low-fertility soils produce grapes known for an intense yet delicate flavor profile.

After touring the Silver Oak Cellars location and having a wine tasting, I was introduced to Twomey through them, and order some wine for tasting a few months later. Of the different choices, I preferred the Merlot and the sauvignon blanc more than I did their pinot. They are at a cheaper price point than Silver Oak, and given a little more time will join the big leagues to provide an excellent quality wine. 

The Vineyard property and cellar of Twomey in Sonoma County, California
Twomey Cellars / Sonoma Vineyard

Wine and Grape:
Nose (Bouquet):
Palate Experience:
Sauvignon Blanc
Winemaker Notes:  
Light straw color with green highlights. It has an enticing nose of guava, honeydew melon, pineapple, custard apple, wet slate, and lime zest

Winemaker Notes:
On the palate, it has a fruit-sweet attack and a shy mid-palate that retains crispness due to perfect acid balance. The finish is long and focused, redolent of ripe tropical fruit balanced by citrus freshness.
Winemaker Notes:  
It has a garnet color with purple edges and an enticing nose of perfectly ripe, fresh black cherries, violets, nutmeg, and dark chocolate.
Winemaker Notes:
A rich black-fruit character and extraordinary complexity. It has a bright attack and a satiny mouth-feel. The fresh cherry fruit returns on the palate and the wine are full-bodied without being cloying. The finish is vibrant with notes of dark chocolate and enough tannic grip to ensure good cellaring.

Final notes, review basics, and observations:


Most reviews are subjective, depending on the writer; but they should also be responsible, and respectfully written, upholding the truth, and accurately conveying the experience to the best of the writer's knowledge, even if it includes metaphors the restaurant may not like to read about.
To see more details of this rating list, read this article:

I refer to myself as an oenophile though, oenophilia is defined as “a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.” In a general sense, oenophilia also refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by a layman — which I am, and not qualified as a professional. I just enjoy drinking it, so my rating is based on enjoyment and the overall experience, not the science of an expert, and thus subjective, not objective. See the score factors outlined in the ‘about page’ on how I arrived at the rating percentage below:

Overall Star Rating For Twomey Cellars:
Exceeded my Expectations in a Tasting Experience
Wines Produced by Twomey Cellars:
Red: Merlot, Pinot Noir
White: Sauvignon Blanc

Grape Blends:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Cabernet Franc
Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon or Muscadelle du Bordelais
Barrel Types and Aging:
New French oak, for 24 months

Wine regulatory’s for the tastings in this article:

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United States: 

Sub-Mendocino AVA’s:

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Bottle Prices 
(excluding taxes)
$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricey)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
**Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 

Currency rates in the top wine-producing & wine purchasing countries:
Price Chart :
2008-2017 (750 ml)

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Australian Dollar (AUS)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
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Twomey Cellars:

Napa Vineyards for Merlot:
1183 Dunaweal Ln 
Calistoga, CA 94515

Sonoma Vineyards for Pinot Noir:
3000 Westside Rd, 
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Tasting Room Information:

Tasting room:
+1 707-942-2489
Tasting Room Hours:
Pacific Standard Time (GMT, Zulu, or UTC-8:00)
Monday - Sunday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Social Media 
Accolades for 
Twomey Cellars:

Twomey Cellars Facebook Link                

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Other Twomey Cellars Pictures:

The Twomey Vineyards Map
Twomey Cellars / Vineyard Map

The Silver Oak or the Twomey cellars logo
Twomey Cellars / Sister logo

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is the strength, in the water there are bacteria.” 
- David Auerbach

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