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In the 1960's Virginia Salvatierra, a beautiful young woman lived on a primitive coffee plantation on the top of a mountain near the capitol of Costa Rica. Through her sister she met an urbane American gentleman who was in Costa Rica on business. Although the language barrier was vast, within days he proposed marriage. She agreed to join him in the Bay Area where they raised a family. On certain Napa Valley evenings when the air is soft and humid and her grandchildren are at play near her feet, Virginia fondly remembers her own childhood where she would find her father on the finca (farm) harvesting bananas and coffee. Admired for his love of farming and the soil, her father's surname Salvatierra, is aptly translated as "Salt of the Earth".
Almost 30 years later in the Napa Valley, Virginia's daughter, Denise married her high school sweetheart, Oscar Renteria. Perhaps Denise was drawn to Oscar by their shared agricultural lineage. Since the 1960's the Renteria family has been a steward to many of Napa Valley's finest and most historic vineyards. They have created and sustained deep connections to the earth and to the people of the Napa Valley. The wine, Salva Tierra was inspired by the Salvatierra family's longstanding devotion to the art of growing coffee in Costa Rica and made possible by the Renteria's solid link to the winegrowing culture in the Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
Karen Culler has produced a wine that is both approachable and affordable. The 2001 Salva Tierra Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley draws its plush silky texture from grapes grown in the Stag's Leap District comprising 40% of the blend. This wine offers exceptional value and the authenticity granted by the earth, or de la Tierra.
Salva Tierra, A tribute to the generations of farmers in whose veins flow rivers, whose breath is the wind and the sun shines from their eyes.
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