Overview of the Wine
The Vine Cliff Winery Estate of today is an exquisite mountainside property located on land which was once part of the original George C. Yount estate. It is one of the oldest wineries founded in the Napa Valley
It took close to 85 years before Vine Cliff, like the phoenix in its seal, rose from the ashes. In 1985, Nell Sweeney purchased the estate. The vineyards became alive again with new plantings of cabernet sauvignon. The Sweeney Family introduced ecological farming practices to Vine Cliff. The original Vine Cliff winery stone first floor was resurrected in 1990 and 1991 with the construction of a barrel chaise. In 1995 a new gravity fed production facility was completed. It is considered one of the top and most innovative production facilities in California. Additional vineyards were purchased by the family in Calistoga and Carneros achieving over 40 acres of estate vineyards by 1999. In June of 2000, the present day much acclaimed cave was completed, providing 15,000 square feet of barrel aging capability.
In 2014, the Sweeney Family opened the Vine Cliff St. Helena Tasting Room to accommodate a greater number of Vine Cliff wine lovers flocking to Napa Valley for an exclusive tasting experience. At the St. Helena Vine Cliff Tasting Room, a seasonal culinary menu compliments the Vine Cliff wine tasting program. Vine Cliff today continues the vision – to produce outstanding distinctive wines, and to create a landmark winery where the incredible beauty of its historic hillside setting is to be enjoyed, where the legacy of Vine Cliff continues to soar like the phoenix.
Grape / Blend
Napa Valley, California
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Classic Oakville Cabernet on the nose. Cherry, a scant amount of mocha and dried green herbs. The palate matches with black cherry, dried thyme, and a savory long finish of olive tapenade. The well balanced acidity suggests this wine will continue to age gracefully.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2001)
Very young and tannic, a wine that’s impossible to drink now. The bee-sting of tannins numbs the palate, leaving a painful astringency. Drink 2010 and beyond.
90 Points - Connoisseur's Guide (2001)
Only slightly less flashy ... this wonderfully rich and extracted opus is similarly held back by its unstinting tannins. In no way a wine meant for drinking any time soon, it has a certain severity to its structure that will only soften with age. It seems as close to a sure bet for cellaring as we are likely to see, and a second star is well within its reach if it finds added polish to go with its very deep and concentrated fruit.
Product size: 750ml
From a private seller.