"The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Oroppas brings together a gorgeous combination of silkiness and power. Mocha, espresso, plum and smoke inform a textured, expressive Cabernet long on personality. The 2011 emerges from a number of parcels, but most of the fruit is from Paras on Mt. Veeder. This is an especially luscious, inviting wine from St. Clement."
-Antonio Galloni, VINOUS, November 2013
This 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon gives a classic example of Napa Valley, combining valley floor terroir and mountain fruit power. An aromatic bouquet of sweet dark cherry, blackberry, plum and red berry is followed by an attractive clove spice. The bright and juicy palate intrigues with hints of mint and cocoa, and finishes with intense fruit and fine-grained tannins.
Well-structured and elegant, this Merlot opens with notes of red and black cherry, red plum and cranberry. On the palate, it delivers on its promise of ripe red fruit and subtle spice with long, fine tannins.
Rich, ripe and juicy, the 2010 Oroppas is driven by classic aromas of plum, quince, black cherry and black currant, and accented with inviting dark chocolate and cinnamon notes. The palate generously showcases a concentrated and elegant structure with flavors of fresh blackberry and sweet mocha. This vintage displays the signature Oroppas characteristics with an intense fruit core, smooth tannins and balanced acidity.
Aromas of strawberry, cranberry, and raspberry jam with underlying hints of dark chocolate, vanilla cream soda, nutmeg, and cassis. In the palate are flavors of chocolate covered espresso beans, brown spices, and blackberries. The mouth feel is round, but finishes with a solid structure and tannin. The wine was aged in French oak barrels for 19 months to give it a supple texture and ample weight to stand on its own or enjoy with food.
Issue #186 December 23, 2011
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Star Vineyard flows across the palate with layers of dark, seamless fruit. It is a soft, textured wine graced with soft, supple tannins and a silky personality. Tar, smoke and licorice add considerable complexity and nuance on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Issue #186 December 23, 2011
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Steinhauer comes across as ethereal at first, then gains volume and shape in the glass. Dark red fruit, minerals, mint, flowers, spices and anise are all woven together nicely. There is plenty of length, persistence and Howell Mountain character on the finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029.
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St. Helena Cyclery
Bike Ride Through Napa St. Helena Cyclery rents bikes, which is great for seeing the valley up close and personal. I like
to bike down the Silverado Trail to Bouchon Bakery, eat a croissant, and then bike back. That's exercise, right?
St. Clement produces a classic Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard, known for its elegance and superb tannin structure.
Although it's at a higher elevation, the vineyard is actually warmer than the valley floor most nights, but cooler during the day.
Tournahu features two very different soil types – one is loose and rocky while the other is a heavier Bale Clay Loam – necessitating that we pick the vineyard twice at harvest time.
The majority of the vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, and the first vintage was in 2005.
Located just north of the winery, the Bale Lane Vineyard has well drained soils and a slightly warmer Napa Valley climate, which yields beautifully ripe Sauvignon Blanc.
This vineyard is the backbone of Orropas year after year. It's the component that tames the tannins of Howell Mountain, and adds depth, complexity and aroma to the Diamond Mountain and Mount Veeder fruit.
Spanning the area between the Yountville and Oakville Crossroads in Napa Valley, this sprawling vineyard is the source of some of our finest Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The vineyard is one of our sources for Merlot, and although its soils can generally be described as shallow and gravelly, our grapes come from two blocks with distinctly different soil structures that yield distinct flavor profiles.
This vineyard sits off Atlas Peak Road in the Coombsville area of Napa Valley. Though the amount of fruit we get from Verhey – all Cabernet Sauvignon – is small, it's worth the effort.
This vineyard, which makes up a significant portion of the Napa Valley Cabernet blend, is usually one of the last vineyards in Napa Valley to be harvested each year.
Located just a half-mile from the San Pablo Bay in the prestigious Carneros appellation at the southern end of the Napa Valley, Stanly Ranch is ideal for growing Chardonnay, Viognier and Pinot Noir grapes that make mouthwatering, complex wines.
Located in Carneros, at the Southern tip of the Napa Valley, close of the San Pablo Bay, where marine influences of morning fog and afternoon breezes, create an ideal climate for growing Chardonnay and Merlot.