“Partly we recovered the olde, familiar things, partly we created something wonderous and new.” – METAMORPHOSES, Book the First, lines 436-437 Publius Ovidius Naso
Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso) was a Roman poet who lived from 43 B.C. – 17 A.D. His most famous work, Metamorphoses, is a poetic narrative of Greek myths, celebrating the themes of transformation and change. Each year, winemakers Andy Erickson and Austin Peterson produce wine from small lots of fruit grown in the red rocky soil of the Ovid vineyard on Pritchard Hill, age it in the best barrels and blend to create Ovid Napa Valley. Each vintage incorporates the Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, varying in proportion from year to year but always conveying a sense of this special region.
“I was very much looking forward to my first visit at Ovid. Suffice it to say the wines did not disappoint. I tasted the 2008, 2009 and 2010, all of which were simply brilliant. Ovid is one of the most exciting young wineries in Napa Valley. It is tempting to think about Ovid in the context of other wineries on Pritchard Hill, as the estate lies just up the road from Colgin. Some of the aerial photos I saw were quite revealing as they show the way Ovid sits on a huge ridge directly above Dalla Valle and other wineries on the eastern side of Oakville, where it looks like the ground literally fell off a cliff. Ovid boasts a superstar team of viticulturist David Abreu, winemaker Andy Erickson and consultant Michel Rolland, but it is a mistake to think that money alone can buy success. It can’t. Ovid is very clearly a special place with special people on a mission to make great wines. These new and upcoming releases are full of potential.”
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2011