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Steve and Sue Eisenhauer have been wine lovers for 30 years. During the years of wine travels, their favorite part of their adventures was visiting small wineries where the winemaker was doing the tastings. Hours were spent tasting the wines; talking about how the grapes were farmed and how the wine was made; and talking about life.

During the 1990's, Steven stopped his career as a litigation attorney to become the stay-home parent for the family. When the children Michael and Rachel had grown, it was time for Steve to return to work. In considering alternatives, he consulted former colleagues. Their advice was nearly unanimous - “do something you love.” Sage advice, we think.

We started exploring possibilities of making wine that was of exceptional quality. Ultimately, we established the Congruence Wines label and decided to make a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon as our flagship wine. {new from here} We are now offering our third vintage of our Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2010 vintage.

What is new are a couple of things. One is that Coombsville, from which most of the grapes for our 2008 and 2009 cabernet sauvignon were sourced, was recognized as a distinct AVA (American Viticultural Area) about a year ago. Those wines (the 2008 and 2009 cabernet sauvignons) would have been designated as Coombsville wines but for the lack of recognition of the AVA by government authorities.

More about Coombsville.

Steve has been a big believer in the unique character of wines from Coombsville, particularly cabernet sauvignon. Vineyard sources from Coombsville were the first targeted when putting together Congruence wines. The proximity to the San Pablo Bay provides milder temperatures year-round, resulting in generally earlier budbreak and later harvests. This gives the grapes a longer, more gradual ripening process than those in other areas of Napa Valley and yields wines of unique flavor and structural profiles.

The second item new with the 2010 cabernet sauvignon offerings is that there is a reserve wine and “regular” bottling. Two barrels jumped out ahead of the pack of five barrels from the vintage and were quickly pulled aside as a reserve wine. The remaining three barrels will be bottled as a Napa Valley wine and had 12% merlot blended into the final wine. We believe this segmentation has provided an outstanding Reserve cabernet which will reward extended cellaring and a Napa Valley cabernet that will more approachable at a younger age. We are confident you will enjoy both.