Why the thumbprint?
The holiday came around and as college students the couple decided to give away some of their prized wine to friends and family. Erica instructed Scott to sign some bottles with a gold pen she’d bought. After reading the directions, Scott aggressively shook the pen and pressed in the tip as directed. Rather than the flowing, graceful ink Scott had expected, the ink oozed all over the bottle. Using his thumb to wipe of the dripping gold ink, Scott inadvertently stuck a gold thumbprint on one of the other bottles. Soon, they all adorned one of Scott’s gold thumbprints. The wine was a hit and more of that “thumbprint wine” was requested! A passion and new wine brand were born.
Following the first release in 1995, each successive thumbprint vintage brought more demand. Scott's first commercial vintage in 2000 sold out in fewer than six months following its release. A wine club was established and thumbprint wines became wildly popular. Wine grapes are sourced from local growers from Sonoma County’s Dry Creek, Knights, Alexander and Russian River Valleys. Each wine is a “snapshot” of the vineyard and vintage, telling a story about that special place and time. Scott crafts 20 single vineyard varietals and 5 “infamous” blends. Total case production is less than 5,000 cases.
thumbprint cellars continues to leave it's mark on Sonoma County's Wine Industry. The Founder who started this venture as a garage hobby continues to craft significant single vineyard wines and Classically styled Bordeaux and Rhône blends. Scott personally assures his thumbprint on each bottle represents it's own unique identity.