St. Clement's portfolio of stunning Napa Valley wines is anchored by the flagship Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon. The first vintage of Oroppas was made in 1991, and over the years, it has become a style icon for St. Clement — a rich, opulent Bordeaux-style blend that emphasizes concentration, depth and velvety tannins. The key to Oroppas is having a palate of consistent flavor profiles and tannin structures to work for the blend. In addition to our own vineyards, St. Clement has been working for years to build relationships with some of the top winegrowers in Napa Valley's most sought-after sub-appellations, including Diamond Mountain, Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. Each vineyard brings its own individual qualities to the blend, whether in aroma, structure or depth, but by blending them all together you are left with a wine that is rich and sophisticated.
Elegant, ripe and lingering, the 2011 Oroppas is driven by classic aromas of black fruits covered in dark chocolate. Ripe notes of black cherry and cassis are accented with hints of cocoa and baking spices such as clove and cinnamon. The palate is supple and generously showcases a concentrated and elegant structure with flavors of wild berry compote, ripe Bing cherries and mocha. This vintage displays the signature Oroppas characteristics with an intense fruit core, smooth tannins and balanced acidity.
94 points: "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 and former winemaker Danielle Cyrot."-Antonio Galloni, November 2013.
Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Coombsville and Rutherford contributed to the majority of the 2012 Oroppas blend, along with hillside fruit from Diamond Mountain, Mount Veeder and Howell Mountain creating a unique and sophisticated expression of Napa Valley. Each varietal and vineyard lot was aged separately for nineteen months until the final wine was blended just before bottling, and a small percentage of Petit Verdot and Merlot was blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon, contributing soft tannins and bright red fruit notes.
92 points: "The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Oroppas is supple, layered and expressive in the glass. Dark red cherry, spice, plum and menthol flesh out in an open, resonant Cabernet Sauvignon that captures the immediacy and raciness of the vintage. Floral notes add a measure of brightness as the wine opens up, but this remains an especially dark Cabernet Sauvignon." -Antonio Galloni, December 2014.