Smoking Gun



While traveling to Northern California in the mid-eighteen hundreds with his entire life savings, John Weinberger’s stagecoach was attacked by robbers. Passengers were told to “shell out”. Weinberger, without hesitation, shot the robbers with his Colt Navy he had hidden under his seat. John, a visionary, then became one of the first pioneers in Napa Valley Winemaking when he built the first stone winery in St. Helena in 1873. This is now the home of William Cole Vineyards.

About Our Winemaker

Smoking Gun is a winemaking collaboration between Bill and his son Cole. Cole Ballentine is a fifth generation Italian/Irish Napa Valley native. This wine embodies the future in trailblazing Cabernet Sauvignon that remains true to its place.