The St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon was the second appellation wine to be introduced in our Cabernet series of very small bottlings dedicated to the benchland sub-appellations of Napa Valley. Located in the upper Napa Valley, the Schoenstein Vineyard, owned by Margaret Schoenstein and her family, serves as the single vineyard source for this wine. The vineyard sits on a pronounced alluvial fan along the Mill Creek on the north end of the St. Helena appellation. This bottling comes from a four acre vineyard of older vines where Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grow adjacent to one another.
"This is the real deal with lead
pencil and oyster shell. Currant
undertones. Full body and fine
tannins. Flavorful and intense. A
beauty. A shame it's the last
vintage! Drink now or hold."
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena comes from a vineyard on the valley floor not far from Vineyard 29's famous Aida Vineyard. It is also 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and this one offers more floral notes, cedar wood, baking spices, intense blackberry and cassis fruit, with licorice and camphor. It is dense, full-bodied, opulent and a stunner. This should drink well for 25-30 years."
The most elegant of our small bottling Cabernets, the 2013 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon opens with plush ripe black currant and cassis complemented by aromas of rose petals, cedar, dark chocolate, mocha and vanilla. The palate has a wonderful soft, smooth mouthfeel with a beautiful vibrancy and freshness and finishes long with silky tannins. This beautifully perfumed wine will blossom with several years of bottle aging.
The 2013 vintage began with a warm, dry spring that brought early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With no surprises throughout the growing season, temperatures were consistently favorable and even, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. The overall dry season made for a short harvest and was ideal for producing concentrated and balanced Cabernet Sauvignons.
Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this appellation Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention. The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days, and an extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels where it aged for 22 months.