The Wines

Dear Friends of Violet-Green,

Spring arrives with the brief miracle of rain to lift northern California's redwood coast out of deepest drought. Violet-green Swallows return and rise high like hope dancing through the skies as they feed and breed a new generation. Together, we welcome the season of renewal with gratitude.

We are excited to offer two lovely new wines from the 2011 vintage. The late Spring rains of 2011 were followed by a cool summer and late-ripening season that yielded this pair of fragrant, balanced, and complex wines. Each wine was barrel-aged 20 months in new and neutral French oak and then rested nine months longer in-bottle for flavor integration. Our recent tasting notes of the vintage show pure varietal flavors balanced with a nice finish and oak influence. We predict that these expressive wines will evolve and provide pleasure well into the future.

The elegant Rhone-style 2011 Syrah Castelero Vineyard is our first release made from this certified organic vineyard planted in Lake County's volcanic soils. We find that the vineyard's terroir imparts classic varietal character and complexity to this highly-fragrant Syrah. Look for more from Castelero in our 2012 vintage!

From a favorite mountain vineyard comes the 2011 Merlot Mendocino. This lengthy, complex Merlot offers a solid spice-driven fruit core with a powerhouse Bordeaux-like finish. Both of the wines may be enjoyed now but will continue to develop beautifully for years to come. Should you wish to try them soon, we recommend decanting or pre-opening to fully showcase the wines' fresh aromas and fruit in their youth.

By popular request, we introduce the Swallows Wine Club, a new option for fans of Violet-Green. Membership guarantees that you will receive automatic shipments of Violet-Green's new releases and winemakers' picks twice per year at an excellent discount with the added benefit of year-round discount pricing on all wine orders. Members may opt for shipments of 3, 6, or 12 wines per shipment. Shipments may be customized, as well. Becoming a member is easy: simply email or call the winery to join, or return the enclosed registration form by email, FAX, or post. Full details may be found on the registration form.

Swallows Wine Club members benefit in several ways:

  • two pre-discounted shipments per year (sent in Spring and Fall)
  • your wine club discount applied to all wine orders at any time
  • winemakers tasting notes included in club shipments
  • first priority to receive new releases and limited library wines
  • option to customize your club shipments

We accept orders via FAX, phone, e-mail, or post, and we love hearing from you! If you would like to stay abreast of what's new at the winery, we welcome you to join us on Facebook for a glimpse behind the scenes.

As Violet-Green marks its 12th birthday, we celebrate the good fortune we have had to come to know you as customers and as friends. Your support of our work keeps us inspired and passionate to produce these fine handcrafted wines—from grape to bottle—for you to enjoy at your table.


Don Wattenbarger and Lina Carro - Owner-Winemakers

Don Wattenbarger & Lina Carro
Owner / Winemakers


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2011 Syrah
castelero vineyard (certified organic) lake county
Pure varietal perfume of flowers, black pepper, and baking spices introduces this elegant dark ruby Rhone-style wine. Sweet Syrah fruit plays against a backdrop of juniper berry rounded by flavors of blueberry and huckleberry to create a nice tension on the middle palate culminating in a long lovely finish of black licorice. Decant in its first year and drink over the decade to come.
100% Syrah (certified organic) 97 cases produced

2011 Merlot
Aromas of dark raspberry, cherry, and cinnamon spice lead into a solid core of cassis and blueberry on a middle palate balanced with good acid and structure. Vanilla, cappuccino, and réglisse enrich the large, lengthy Bordeaux-like finish of this complex wine that promises to be long-lived. Decant in its first year and cellar to 2022.
100% Merlot. 98 cases produced.

Mixed Case sampler Specials

nest of swallows (12)
6 syrah 2011, 6 merlot 2011

Nest of Swallows (6)
3 syrah 2011, 3 merlot 2011


2010 UltraViolet Claret
Quercus Ranch Lake County
This complex, seamless blend of Bordeaux varietals introduces fragrances of flowers and sandalwood that yield a luscious mouthfeel, deep with flavors of fine spice, kirsch, caramel, vanilla, and blueberry compote. A broad middle palate of black fruit and melted licorice lifts into a long finish of wild-blueberry.
55% Cabernet Franc, 30% Petit Verdot, 15% Merlot. 122 cases produced.

Silver Medal-Orange County Wine Society 2013

2010 Kativa Merlot
Lake County
Intense perfumes of crushed fresh strawberries and baking spices give way to a deep cherry core, rounded by plums and raspberries on the palate laced with cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg. Finishes like cherry pie!
100% Merlot.

2011 Kativa Pink Baby
Lake County
Lovely pale salmon in color, this dry rosé offers up complex fragrances of flowers and exotic flavors of tropical fruit. Pairs nicely with shellfish and summer salads.
100% Certified Organically-grown Syrah.

Spring 2013 Nest of Swallows Sampler

Large Nest of Swallows (12)
6 UltraViolet 2010, 4 Kativa Merlot, 2 Pink Baby

Small Nest of Swallows (6)
3 UltraViolet 2010, 2 Kativa Merlot, 1 Pink Baby

Vintages: 2010 | 2009 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 - 2002




Violet-Green Winery
PO Box 165 Bayside, CA 95524 | Tel/Fax: 707.445.8679 | Email: