WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot
  • APPELLATION
    Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    22 months in 50% new French oak barrels from Treuil cooperage (i.e. Aillier and Troncais).

92pts James Suckling: Menthol, berry and mint aromas follow through to a full body, chewy tannins and a medium finish. Needs time to resolve the angular tannins. Better in 2018.

92pts Wine Enthusiast: This subtle, classically-styled red includes 6% Merlot, all of the fruit hailing from the producer's organic Chiles Valley estate. It's bright with red and blue fruit and earthy accents of mushroom and clove. Moderate tannin buoy it without bogging it down, giving it broadness on the palate and carrying its flavors long into the finish.

91pts Wine Advocate: An elegant, juicy 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Chiles Valley has 16% Merlot in the blend. The wine has a dark ruby/purple color, sweet tannin, loads of raspberry, strawberry and black cherry fruit, a touch of underlying soil notes, medium to full body and a supple, velvety mouthfeel. This is classy, elegant and seductive Cabernet Sauvignon made in a feminine style. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.

Volker Eisele Family Estate creates enticing wines from the Chiles Valley District of the Napa Valley.  Organically farmed since 1974, the vineyard reflects the passion of the Eisele Family’s commitment to grow exceptional grapes and to produce elegant estate wines.

Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area.  Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, and with elevations of 600-1200 feet, the Chiles Valley District is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season. The valley’s perfect cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity.

The Estate’s sixty acres of vineyard grow at elevations of 900 to 1100 feet on east, west and south facing slopes as well as on the valley floor. Soils vary from clay-loam to shale. After purchase of the vineyard property, the Eisele’s began an extensive redevelopment and restoration of both the vineyard acreage and the riparian corridors. Presently 72% of the vineyard is planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Merlot, 10.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Semillon and 2% Sauvignon Blanc. Seven different Cabernet clones have been incorporated to provide diversity of flavor.

Since 1974 the Eisele’s have enriched the vineyard soils through use of organic farming practices. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used. The vineyard is certified as organic by both the California Certified Organic Farmers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. It has been set back from the property’s creeks to substantially increase riparian vegetation. Oaks and other native tree species have been planted on the creek banks to prevent erosion. Throughout the property creeks and associated riparian areas have been protected and enhanced.

TASTING NOTES 

In the glass, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is a deep burgundy, with subtle purple undertones. Extroverted aromas of fresh raspberries, milk chocolate, and malted vanilla explode from the glass. In the mouth, the wine is round and lush, with dense layers of blackberry, black cherry, and the subtle spiciness of charred French oak. The tannins are broad and creamy, and linger well into the lengthy, sweetly smoky finish.
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Molly Lyman, Winemaker