This tiny vineyard, located outside the front door of the Kirkham’s family old summer cottage was planted to the traditional field mix by the Italian immigrant Tony Delazer some time in the 1920s. The field mix included eight different red varieties: Petit Sirah, Zinfandel, Carignan, Mourvèdre, Refosco, Alicante Bouschet, Napa  Gamay and Négrette. The vines were the oldest in production in Oakville, predating the To-Kalon I-Block by at least twenty years. 

Our most popular wine since its first release, Tinto is an authentic Napa Valley field mix, a wine recipe planted in the ground. With the Oakville property sold a couple years ago, the few remaining vintages in our cellar are truly unique and rare wines.


Tinto Oakville is a bewitching blend of intense fruity flavors with beautiful color and an appetizing floral aroma. It is complex, rich and cellar-worthy, yet easy drinking. It provides a glimpse into the Napa that existed long before Cabernet Sauvignon burst onto the scene; when Robert Louis Stephenson wrote that the wines of the region were “bottled poetry.”

Critical acclaim

A mindblower. [Tinto Classico 2000] had a strong whiff of peppery Petite Sirah with a note of dried cherries...
— Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator, June 2003