2018 was simply a fantastic growing season. Mild weather and a long slow harvest allowed for extended hang time. Weather, pruning, thinning, cooperage and dozens of other factors go into each wine. We are very lucky to have Thomas Rivers Brown to manage all of the winegrowing and winemaking decisions.. In deciding to make a Reserve, tasting is believing for us. An extensive barrel tasting with Thomas led to four barrels of supreme quality.
“The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard The Reserve has a similar style to the single vineyard yet has more of everything, with incredible black and blue fruits intermixed with scorched earth, cedar pencil, espresso, and iron-like aromas and flavors. The full-bodied palate is a clear step up, with an incredibly pure, seamless texture, a dense mid-palate, no hard edges, and a gorgeous finish. This is a heavenly bottle of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that will probably merit a triple-digit score in 4-5 years and evolve for 20-30 years. Wow.“
-99 points, Jeb Dunnuck
(Drink between 2025-2056)
We are honored to have Gary Crandall of Gray Crane Studios in Jackson, Wy allow us to use his amazing photograph of this beautiful American Bison called “Ghost of the Plains”. For further information on Gary’s work, please visit his web-site at www.graycranestudios.com
“From a site just beside Screaming Eagle, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Tench Vineyard sports a dense purple/plum color to go with classic Tench notes of red and black currants, Asian spices, iron, sandalwood, and Christmas spice. These carry to a full-bodied Cabernet with plenty of mid-palate richness, lots of spicy nuances, building tannins, and a great, great ﬁnish. A sweetly fruited, sexy 2018. it has plenty of up-front appeal yet more than enough structure to evolve for 25+ years."
97pts, Jeb Dunnuck, January 2021
We are thrilled to introduce you to the 2016 Riverain Syrah. Our fruit source is the highly acclaimed Cardiac Hill Vineyard located in the Bennett Valley – AVA. With gorgeous views and a beautifully farmed property, it's no surprise that this location has been producing incredible Syrah for over a decade.
Our unique one-acre block is Northeast facing and located on an extremely steep terrain. The soils and the vigor allow for a naturally balanced yield. The vineyard which is exclusively Estrella River clone (our favorite), produced just over two tons of fruit in 2016.
Our vineyard location is known to be perfect for Syrah, as cool air pushes through the Petaluma Gap and up the Bennett Valley. In 2016, the black olive and lavender components are there to add complexity to the EXTREMELY dark fruit with wonderful aromatics. A bouquet of plums, cassis, lavender, spring flowers and bacon fat. This incredibly sexy Syrah has a terrific balance, and is beautifully layered, delivering a wonderful opulent texture. This wine is produced with 40% whole cluster and no new oak to create a beautiful cross between CA and Northern Rhone. The wine was aged 15 months in one year and older French Oak barrels.
After a successful inaugural first vintage, our 2019 Silver Eagle “Generations Pinot Noir” builds upon a great foundation laid by our 2018. This wine is a true testament to Thomas’ non-interventionist style that allows the vintage to shine through first and foremost. The mild and even weather in 2019, along with the cool Occidental site, allowed for extended hang time. Picked at a moderate 23.4 Brix on September 19, the vineyard is meticulously farmed and all of the fruit arrived in perfect condition. Fermentation with 30% whole cluster made for a beautifully perfumed, aromatic Pinot Noir.
Offering scents of Christmas spice, cherry, cranberry and some forest floor, the wine’s balance really shines through to a long detailed finish. More Burgundian than the 2018, this has the ethereal quality we love in Pinot Noir. We are thrilled to be working with the Valdez Family and this historic site for many “Generations" to come.
After a 10-year friendship with Tom Gamble of Gamble Family Vineyards, we finally convinced Tom to sell us some highly sought-after fruit from his beautiful vineyard in Yountville. Having the best fruit combined with Thomas Brown’s winemaking skills, we are thrilled to introduce you to our second vintage of Riverain Sauvignon Blanc!
The wine speaks for itself with a great nose and a beautiful structure laced with stone fruit characteristics of green apple, melon, apricot with a hint of lychees from the tropics. This wine has been mellowed by over 10 months in a combination neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel. Enjoy now before this limited supply is gone for good!