Located in downtown Calistoga, Napa Valley, August Briggs Winery produces small quantities of handcrafted premium wines. Founded in 1995 by August “Joe” Briggs, a consulting winemaker, and wife Sally, the winery is managed today by their nephew Jess Inman and long term employees Colette Millman and Matt Gacso. Jess Inman serves as head winemaker and oversees grape sourcing. The four wines reviewed here are exemplary of August Briggs’ well-crafted wines.
August Briggs 2014 Charbono Calistoga ($38) 90 Opaque ruby in color, this Charbono is a rich and densely flavored wine that is well balanced with dark plum and blackberry fruit. It has a ripe mouth feel and good concentration on the palate with bright acidity, round tannins, and a juicy finish. August Briggs 2014 Petite Sirah Calistoga Hapa Valley ($38) 92 The 2014 Petite Sirah is the standout of this foursome. Richly aromatic, it shows ripe dark red berries with hints of chocolate and tobacco. It is big and chewy on the attack and is dark, spicy and concentrated on the palate. A lovely full-bodied wine, highly flavored and persistent on the finish. August Briggs 2014 Syrah Napa Valley ($35) 90 This Syrah is cool climate in character showing both red and black fruit aromas and flavors. It exhibits a nice silky texture with tangy acidity and good balance with an excellent and persistent finish. August Briggs 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Creek Valley Two Moon Vineyard ($55) 88+ This Cabernet Sauvignon reveals medium concentration of black currant fruit with earthy notes. It has good flavor but is dry and a bit short on the finish.