TRU Estates and Vineyards is a unique collection of wines of distinction.
Robert Mondavi Winery, Schrader Cellars, The Prisoner Wine Company, Mount Veeder Winery, Inniskillin, and Ruffino Modus and Estates: Iconic, critically acclaimed brands renowned worldwide for quality and innovation.
TRU Estates and Vineyards represents not just a different approach to selling fine wine, but also our vision and aspiration: true to our heritage, true to the land, true to our people, true to our craft.
Napa Valley Visionary Through tireless innovation, with an uncompromising eye for quality and an unshakable faith in California's terroir, Robert Mondavi created a collection of Napa Valley wines that could compete with the world's finest. With infectious enthusiasm he traveled the globe, making believers out of wine lovers everywhere, and putting Napa Valley on the map. He began exporting his wines in 1972; they are now sold in over 55 countries. More than 50 years after the founding of his winery, Robert Mondavi's legacy lives on today in his estate vineyards (including the legendary To Kalon). His wines, and the winemaking team that continues to be inspired by him, strive for ever finer quality, vintage after vintage.
The Most Celebrated Wine in the History of American Wine Fred Schrader began his life as a vintner with one defining goal in mind, to create benchmark Cabernet Sauvignon from the best vineyards in Napa Valley. Twenty years later with twenty-four 100-point scores under his belt, seventeen of them from the likes of Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, and James Laube, The Wine Spectator, Schrader Cellars continues to define itself as one of the best producers of Cabernet in Napa Valley. Since 2001, winemaker Thomas Brown has worked with Fred to craft the best Cabernet each vintage has to offer.
Rich, Innovative Blends Made to Drink Now Inspired by garagiste field blends from the Prohibition era, Dave Phinney crafted the first vintage of The Prisoner in the late 1990s. Since the beginning, it's been the philosophy of this wine to seek out distinctive vineyard sites, capable of producing the beautiful, rich, ripe fruit and full mouthfeel that have become the hallmark of The Prisoner Wine Company style. These sites—many of them legacy vineyards dry-farmed from pre-Prohibition plantings—remain a critical part of The Prisoner Wine Company's family of growers. Today, winemaker Chrissy Wittman carries on this tradition, collaborating with over 80 growers to ensure that the unique style is consistently achieved with every vintage.
Big, Rich Flavor at 1,600 Feet Mount Veeder Winery was born from the hard work and dedication of Michael and Arlene Bernstein. Michael Bernstein made history as the first vintner in Napa Valley to plant one property to all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. Since its debut vintage in 1973, Mount Veeder Winery has expanded to three vineyard ranches nestled high in the Mayacamas Mountains. It continues to produce powerfully flavorful wines that are a true expression of this unique winegrowing region. Winemaker Janet Myers says: “Mount Veeder is a rare and beautiful place where vines cling to the steep hillsides, producing tiny, concentrated berries that give our wines their big, bold, brambly fruit character.”
Canadian Icewine Pioneers Although Icewine's roots can be traced back centuries in Germany, Inniskillin was the first to make it in Canada, releasing their debut vintage in 1984. Prized for its fine quality, Inniskillin Icewine is sold in over 85 countries. Ideally suited to the Canadian winter in the Niagara Peninsula, the process of crafting Icewine is guided by nature. The harvest can't begin until temperatures drop below minus eight degrees Celsius for a sustained period. Once the extreme temperatures arrive, the frozen clusters are harvested and pressed. As the water content of the grape (about 80%) remains frozen, the resulting juice is highly concentrated and rich.
140 Years of Italian Tradition Founded in 1877 by cousins Ilario and Leopoldo Ruffino, Ruffino owns six estates in the most important Tuscan fine wine appellations. Here, winemaker Gabriele Tacconi crafts venerable red wines that pay homage to the traditions of Tuscan winemaking with modern winemaking techniques. When the cousins established their winery near Florence, the region already had a centuries-old tradition of growing exceptional wine grapes, but they felt certain the area's greatness had yet to be revealed. Mineral-laden soils, the cooling influence of the Mediterranean Sea, dry summers, and sun-drenched hills—within four years, they received their first gold medal, and within a decade, their wines were celebrated throughout the world.
A common thread. An uncommon wine. Centuries ago, Spanish missionaries marked their journey through the North Coast with mustard seeds. The threads of golden blooms that remain are a muse for Auros, a wine inspired by the Latin word for gold. Auros follows that ancient path, hand-selecting fruit from Napa’s diverse terrain and weaving together distinct variations in soil, climate, and elevation to create an unmatched Cabernet Sauvignon. Auros is crafted with hand-selected fruit from a combination of vineyard blocks in four revered Napa Valley sub-appellations: Oak Knoll, Oakville, Rutherford, and Stag’s Leap. Says Winemaker Megan Schofield, “Unlike other Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley, Auros has soft, round tannins and a velvety texture.”
A bold vision for quality In 2001, Fred Schrader created Double Diamond to make fine-quality Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that could be enjoyed every day by a broader audience of wine lovers. This character-driven expression of America’s premier wine region is crafted by Thomas Rivers Brown in the Schrader Cellars tradition of excellence which has earned an unprecedented record of twenty-four 100-point scores from the world’s most respected critics. Sourced from the renowned Oakville AVA, and made using the finest techniques and natural resources possible, Double Diamond is dense, concentrated, and elegant, with exceptional character and flavor—a home-run hit with passionate wine consumers.
Naturally elegant Champagne Palmer & Co. was established in 1947 by seven grower-families with Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards in the Montagne de Reims region of Champagne. Winemaking at Palmer is a highly collaborative affair: Cellar Master Xavier Berdin and a team of four oenologists taste over 200 distinct lots. The team must reach full consensus before any blend is finalized. Unequaled access to top Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards, the predominance of Chardonnay in its blends, extensive use of the cuvée (first press juice), and a distinct reliance on reserve wines are what make the Palmer signature style—balance and elegance—stand out.