2015 Casa Piena Estate
Vintner Notes: Casa Piena means “full house” in Italian, and that idea – that life, and wine, are better when shared with friends and family – is at the heart of this Napa Valley winery. Founded by Carmen Policy, a former NFL executive who shepherded the San Francisco 49ers to four Superbowl victories, Casa Piena is a tribute to Carmen’s children (three boys and two girls – a veritable “full house”) and to his roots in an Italian neighborhood of Youngstown, Ohio, where wine, family and community were intertwined. “My grandfather and his neighbors made their own wines, using recipes handed down to them from their fathers,” says Carmen. “The wines were true labors of love that were served with pride at dinnertime and social gatherings. They were also shared between families as a sign of generosity, and of course with a little bit of healthy competitive spirit.” To craft their Cabernets, Carmen and his wife Gail turned to Thomas Rivers Brown. Among America’s most renowned winemakers, Thomas has shaped the global reputation of Napa Valley Cabernets through his work for many of the valley’s finest producers. True to his artisan philosophy, the wines he makes for Casa Piena capture the unique terroir of the Yountville estate vineyards from which they spring, balancing the voluptuousness one expects from a Napa Cabernet with the elegance of an old-world Bordeaux.