Kenzo Estate Brings Japanese Sensibility to Napa Valley
When Kenzo Tsujimoto, the CEO of Capcom, one of the largest gaming companies in the world, came to Napa from Japan he had something bigger in mind than simply planting a few rows of vine and making a vanity wine. Street Fighter, you might say, has been very, very good to Mr. Tsujimoto. He purchased 3,800 acres on Mt. George, above the town of Napa, which for 20 years had served as the West Coast Olympic training site for the U.S. equestrian team. From 100 acres of vine, to which David Abreu has planted all five Bordeaux varietals as well as sauvignon blanc, Kenzo Estate, under the guidance of legendary oenologist Heidi Barrett, produces four different wines (about half of the total production is exported to Japan). It’s a beautiful view, the wines are incredible and it's a much needed break from the valley floor traffic.