The Wines
The Wines

2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2008 was not an easy vintage and the output was in many cases much lower than usual. However, the stress the grapes went through resulted in grapes of great quality. It is a very big, structured vintage but with smooth tannins and good acidity. When putting together the final blend, I added 5% Cabernet Franc from Stag's Leap District and 1% Petit Verdot with a Napa designation, which resulted in a very silky mouthfeel, increased aromatics and a bit more structure.

For the 2008 Congruence Cabernet Sauvingnon, the wine from the four southern Napa Valley vineyard sites spent 22 months in French oak. For the first 3-4 months, 60% was new oak. After that period, only older oak barrels were utilized.

Production: 125 cases
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2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Our 2009 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel grapes were sourced from two top Dry Creek Valley vineyards and petite sirah was sourced from Mendocino County (Eaglepoint Ranch). The final blend of the wine was 87% zinfandel (equally split between the two Dry Creek Valley vineyards) and 13% petite sirah.

Wine Notes: A medium dark red color with a ruby shade. Spicy nose that shows off black pepper and tobacco notes with loads of brambly fruit and minerality. The palate expresses dried cherry and licorice flavors with firm tannins and balanced acidity that anchor the finish and give it structure.

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2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

The same fruit sources were used in this wine as the 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. 2009 offered a somewhat warmer growing season for our vineyards. As a result, the wine is slightly riper and a little “bigger.” The cabernet sauvignon was blended with 5% petit verdot and 3% cabernet franc for added structure, aromatics and complexity.

As with the 2008, the wine spent about 22 months in French oak barrels for aging, with 40% of those barrels being new until the first racking, after which older barrels were utilized for the remainder of the aging process.

Production: 125 cases
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2010 Coombsville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

In the tracking of our five barrels of cabernet sauvignon, two barrels quickly distinguished themselves in quality. It was decided these barrels would be pulled aside for a reserve wine. Through the rest of the aging process, the barrels continued their strong performance and have now been bottled as our first Coombsville-designated wine.

The fruit was from two different vineyards in Coombsville. One barrel was new French oak and the other was used French oak. The wine was in barrel just over 22 months.

Given the quality of the wine presented to us, we did no blending of other grape varieties in making the final wine. We believe this is a “next level” wine for us and feel strongly you will share our belief.

Production: 50 cases
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2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Notwithstanding our enthusiasm for the 2010 Coombsville Reserve, we think the 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is also an exciting wine. It just misses “Coombsville” designation as about 70% of the wine is from the Coombsville area. Three different vineyards provided the cabernet sauvignon grapes - two from Coombsville and one from Oak Knoll District. In addition, the final blend sees 12% merlot from the Coombsville area.

This is a wine that will be much more approachable at a younger age than any of our other cabernet sauvignon bottlings.

The wine spent a little over 22 months in older French oak barrels.

Production: 75 cases
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You will note the absence of tasting notes from professionals, either “independent” ones or ones hired by us, for the wines available here. I believe the best source of tasting notes for wines in the present time is There are a number of reasons for this.

One, professional critics often taste hundreds of wines at a sitting when they review wines. I don't know about you, but that's not how I drink wine. I drink in the context of a meal and rarely venture to drink anywhere near even 10 wines at a sitting. Usually, it is one bottle with a meal shared with friends and family. Most Cellartracker notes come from the kind of settings in which I drink my wines.

Two, professional critics for the most part give you a snapshot of a wine at a particular point - and from the perspective of one person. Cellartracker notes give you a more panoramic view of a wine over the course of its development from multiple sources.

Three, with Cellartracker, you see all the tasting notes for wines. With professionals, often bad reviews are “hidden.”

For all these reasons, and more, we will now provide links to Cellartracker tasting notes for your information.