Established in 1871 and noted as the premier Napa Valley winery, Vine Cliff Vineyard and Winery was
resurrected from ghost winery status by the Sweeney family in the 1980s. Vine Cliff Winery produces limited
quantities of ultra-premium, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay from Oakville AVA and Los
Carneros AVA respectively. Vine Cliff Vineyard encompasses a hundred acre estate with various elevations and
terraced slope orientations that range from valley floor to a bench vineyard at 680 feet elevation. Our wines
are reflective of our unique and highly acclaimed terroir and made in a balanced style with layer upon layer of
subtlety and complexity.
WINE PROFILE: Gentle fruit handling, small lot fermentations, and attention to quality are the rule
for producing great Cabernet at Vine Cliff. Our grapes are hand-picked at night or in the early morning to
give us cold fruit for processing. Careful winemaking, gentle techniques, and limited processing all contribute
to wines that express the terroir of the Vine Cliff Estate.
TASTING NOTES: The 2018 Vine Cliff Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a polished, yet brooding wine,
with a deep garnet hue from layers of rich fruit.
On the nose, aromatics of black cherry, briar, anise, sweet pipe tobacco, dark chocolate, and brined black
olives; intermingle with hints of dried green herbs and sweet oak.
On the palate, fine grained tannins give way to a silky and rich texture; balanced with dark black fruits of
black cherry and cassis, blackberries, Satsuma plum, black tea, and mint. The wine finishes up with a bright
ribbon of red raspberry.