Vineyard bought in 2009 – the only one they bought. Used to be the Showket vineyard, belonging to Kal and Dorothy Showket and planted to Cabernets in mid to late 1980s, but has been renamed Au Paradis. On eastern hills of Oakville at 183 m, next to Dalle Valle and Vinecliff. Very red soil. 24% Cabernet Franc, 76% Cabernet Sauvignon (so it could be a NV Cabernet Sauvignon). Wild yeast, no acid adjustment. Their first vintage was 2011 and they had to improve drainage and canopy. They have Javier as vineyard manager and a pretty permanent team – under pressure now. Tom Prentice consults too. Deep crimson. Big, rich nose! Massively round and rich in comparison with the Sonoma reds. But not too heavy. Stony and dry on the end. Not as refreshing as some of the Sonoma wines. Big and bold. Just a bit angular at present.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
Robert Parker 94
Their newest vineyard acquisition in Oakville has produced the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Au Paradis, which used to be the Showket Vineyard on the red soils of the Oakville corridor near Dalla Valle, Rudd and Screaming Eagle. Aged in 100% Darnajou casks, this cuvée of 2,300 cases is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Cabernet Franc. Pauillac-like in a somewhat Lynch-Bages style, this meaty, fleshy wine has plenty of crème de cassis, licorice, cedar wood and forest floor. It is full-bodied, opulent, and a beautiful example of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon that should drink well for 25-30 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2046