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WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot
  • APPELLATION
    Napa Vallley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Interest in this wine has been less conspicuous during the year. Considered Napa Valley's premier Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, this wine expresses the very best from their estate vineyards. Production is limited, always based on the winery's very best fruit.

The fruit for the Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the family's own Rock Carin Vineyard in Napa’s famed Oakville AVA. This site is comprised of deep gravelly loam with a perfect western exposure and has an established a history of producing very concentrated fruit, all certified organically grown.

TASTING NOTES 

From the winery:

Intense, overt aromas of dark cherry & blackberries explode out of the glass. This wine is an elegant & balanced Oakville Cabernet on the palate with enticing flavors of deep red fruits and great structure & body; lengthened by the integrated oak notes of vanilla. These silky tannins make this wine very approachable with a long lasting finish and ready to drink upon release but bound for many cellars. 

Vineyards:
The fruit for the 2015 Ghost Block Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our family-owned Rock Cairn vineyard.The 30-year-old vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley is 100% Certified Organic. This site is comprised of deep, gravelly loam with a western exposure, and the vines produce very concentrated fruit late in the season.

“2015 started warmer than normal resulting in early bud break. Cold weather during berry set in the spring proved challenging since the berries didn’t all ripen at the same time, but summer was mild and the berries were small which allowed for long hang time in spite of early harvest. As a result, we had great concentration and flavor development but very low yields. The wines are bursting with flavor and dense tannins for long aging.” -Winemaker Notes: Kristi Koford

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Since 1903 our family has harvested grapes in Napa Valley supplying some of Napa Valley’s most prestigious wineries with our fruit. In 2006 we launched our own brand; Ghost Block. Our finest fruit has been chosen to make exceptional and collectable Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of our single vineyard wines are produced from our certified organically grown vineyards.

Ghost Block MorgaenLee Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is made in the French Sur Lie fashion. This allows the wine to have a rich texture while retaining the crisp and mouth-watering qualities that only Sauvignon Blanc can offer.

Ghost Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our Rock Cairn Vineyard. These 32 or so acres offer us a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon with that signature flavor profile that the Oakville AVA is so famous for.

Ghost Block Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a vineyard in a beautiful location of 16 acres in Yountville. Blessed with great sun exposure on a hillside setting, Ghost Block Single Vineyard Cabernet is our flagship wine, very limited and allocated.

Ghost Block Pelissa Vineyard Zinfandel comes from a 60 acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA that contains 9 acres of Zinfandel within.

The “ghosts” honored on the label are pioneer winemakers who rest in
peace in a tiny 150-year-old cemetery near the Rock Cairn Vineyard this wine is from. The family who makes the wine has harvested that vineyard for at least 100
years.