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Winter Release Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Release)

Winemaker’s Notes

The famed Tench Vineyard sits at the western base of the Vaca Mountains in east Oakville, an area created by a landslide thousands of years ago. Red rocky soils of clay and volcanic rock yield dark, gravelly, powerful wines with broad, voluptuous mouth filling tannins and a depth of texture that is unmistakable and hard to replicate elsewhere.

We harvest a tiny half-acre prized parcel of the site, near the top of the vineyard on the rockiest, bloodiest-red soils one can find in the entire Napa Valley. This is a single harvest pick and fermentation, so the pressure is on to maximize all the site’s natural potential and sensitivity shepard the wine through its aging and bottling. This 2016 version is a guilty-pleasure of a wine, totally consuming the senses.

Deep, penetrating aromas emerge from an initial tarry earthy headiness: black fruits, dark chocolate, graphite, and black licorice with an interplay of fresh thyme and tobacco leaf. On the palate an immediate expansion of rich, pure black fruits harmonizes with supple, mouth-filling tannins, keeping the wine focused and precise, flickering between fruity and savory notes. There is a vertical drive to the wine that expands through a finish of bitter cocoa, sweet oak and spice. Drink between late-2019 and 2030.

Andy Smith

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Tench Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Library Release)  - DuMOL


100% Tench Vineyard

Harvest Date

September 21st





Age of Vines at Harvest

26 years

Barrel Aging

Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak from Tonnellerie Sylvain


88 cases of 750mL
6 cases of 1.5L
6 bottles of 3L


95+ Vinous
95 Jeb Dunnuck
94 The Wine Advocate