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Winter Release Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Release)

Winemaker’s Notes

Beautiful aromatic depth and complexity: cherry compote, ripe plum and mixed deep black fruits. Crushed rock, dried thyme and a violet edge. Sweet cedar and savory characters emerge. Combines lively freshness and deep succulence—forward ripe black fruits with building density and obvious weight. Rising red mineral notes with spicy cherry fruits. Natural palate breadth and texture as the wine opens. Focused dusty cocoa nib finish across a broad swath of layered tannins. Offers a strong, precise terroir signature and long aging potential of 20+ years.

From one of Napa’s most famous vineyards nestled amongst many of the most storied sites in the entire valley, comes this micro-offering of seriously-pedigreed east Oakville Cabernet. Despite neighboring so many great vineyards, Tench can stand proudly on its own merits, on its own 25-year track record for outstanding quality, on the pedigree of its soil and vine material—it doesn’t need to trade off another vineyard’s product. It’s a leader, not a follower.

Red volcanic clay—the rockiest soils imaginable—give the wine its clear site signature: precise, definitive and bold. With time in the glass, deep characterful complexity emerges—a liquid translation of the site’s prime location, historic pedigree and mature vines. Like the greatest wines, it holds something in reserve, it has a dark brooding side, and demands a degree of patience be employed to gradually allow all the soaring complexity to unfold. But when it hits its peak, the rewards are clear and the wine offers a long window of drinking pleasure. There will never be much of this bottling, but you will not forget its deep personality or effortless quality. Remarkable.

Andy Smith

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Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Release)  - DuMOL


100% Tench Vineyard

Harvest Date

September 9th





Age of Vines at Harvest

25 years

Barrel Aging

20 months in 100% new French oak barrels from Tonnellerie Sylvain


76 cases of 750mL
8 cases of 1.5L
8 bottles of 3L


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