The St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon was the second appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. Located in the upper Napa Valley, the Schoenstein Vineyard, owned by Margaret Schoenstein and her family, is the single vineyard source for this wine. The vineyard is on a pronounced alluvial fan along the Mill Creek at the north end of the St. Helena appellation. This bottling is from a four-acre vineyard of older vines where Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grow adjacently.
The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break, creating ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. Throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistent and favorable, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and ripening. The overall dry season made for a short harvest, ideal for producing concentrated and balanced Cabernet Sauvignons.
This Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention. The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days, and an extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels and aged for 22 months.
The most elegant of our small bottling Cabernets, the 2013 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon opens with plush black plum and cassis complemented by aromas of rose petals, cedar, dark chocolate and vanilla. The palate has a wonderful soft, smooth mouthfeel with silky tannins. This beautifully perfumed wine will blossom with several years of bottle aging.