St. Helena has the distinction of being the birthplace of the Napa Valley wine industry. The official Appellation was approved in 1995, its boundaries defined by Zinfandel Lane to the South, Bale Lane to the north, the intersection of Howell Mountain and Conn Valley Road to the east, and the 400 ft. elevation line on the west.
The St. Helena appellation has a number of unique features – its history, its community, its very specific geographic and climactic conditions, the large number of wineries and growers it supports and the diversity of the varietals they grow.
You’ll receive a fabulous case of St. Helena wines, put together just for KRCB by the Association:
There are two Midsummer Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon:
2014 from Hall Family Vineyards: The wine has sweet, nutty aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, chocolate hazelnut spread, violets, and mocha.
2017 from Tomasson Vineyard: Aromas and flavors of berries in chocolate, mocha, black peppercorn, and vanilla taffy with a tannic, soft, dry full body.
2011 Cabaud “Mon Hommage” Cabernet Sauvignon: 91points from the Wine Advocate. Sexy black currant fruit intertwines with notions of unsmoked cigar tobacco, espresso roast, white chocolate and damp earth. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, it should drink well for a decade.
From the 2012 vintage:
Taplin Cellars “Terra 9” Cabernet Sauvignon: Deep and concentrated nose of dark, ripe berries and prunes. Deep cherry and blackberry on the palate. Leather, tobacco and sweet spices on the finish.
Morlet Estate St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon: 96 points from the Wine Advocate. With exceptional intensity, plenty of crème de cassis, vanillin, floral and lead pencil notes, this full-bodied 2012 offers low acidity as well as impressive flavors. There are 275 cases of this gorgeous red. It should drink well for 15-20 years.
Titus Vineyards “Lot 1” Red Wine: Lot 1 is the epitome of the Titus brothers' maverick flair, thriving on the non-traditional. The result is Lot 1's unique blend of Malbec, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Zinfandel that is anything but petite!
Edge Hill “Mixed Blacks”: 92 points from Wine Spectator. Bold and exotic, balancing ripe fruit with a structured core. Aromas of black licorice, Asian spice and black cherry combine with expressive, concentrated flavors of dried plum, sage and espresso.
2013 Salvestrin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: 93points from Robert Parker. The blend, which was aged 22 months in French, American and Hungarian oak, is lusty, savory, hedonistic, rich and mouth-filling, with a dense purple color and not a hard edge in sight. This blockbuster fruit bomb has complexity, richness and a savory intensity that has to be tasted to be believed. Drink now through 2030+.
From the 2014 vintage:
Melka “Metisse”, Jumping Goat Vineyard: Similar to the Graves region in Bordeaux, the wine is perfumey, with a velvety texture. Aromatics of dark fruit, graphite, tar and creosote are complimented in a wine that exhibits opulence and softness harmoniously. Less than 400 cases produced.
Benessere Vineyard Zinfandel “Black Glass Vineyard”: Less than 250 cases produced. Aromas of rose petal and violets, raspberry, cherry compote and boysenberry. Medium bodied, the wine has lively acidity with brambly blackberry flavors and a spicy finish with hints of sandalwood, allspice, vanilla and cocoa.
Roberts & Rogers Cabernet Sauvignon, Louer Family: This wine is filled with layers of juicy dark red fruit & dark chocolate with touches of toasty oak.
2015 Robert Biale Zinfandel “Varozza Vineyard”: The wine has a dark fruit profile with dark berries, black and red cherry, black tea, dusty minerality and earthy tones.