• Producer: Arkenstone Estate Winery - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Sam Kaplan
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Howell Mountain)
  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage production: 1,200 cases
  • Winery location: Howell Mountain
  • Owners: Ron & Susan Krausz
  • First vintage:
  • Drinking window: 2018-2034


About The Wine


The NVD (Napa Valley Designate) Cabernet Sauvignon consists of fruit from 4 separate sites in Pritchard Hill, Soda Canyon, Calistoga, and fruit from the Howell Mountain Estate. Having access to these distinct sites within the Napa AVA allowss Sam to blend them together to create the best single variety possible while remaining true to the estate.

Although fruit is sourced from separate sites, they all share a common bond with the estate. Each of the vineyards have similar elevation, exposure, and soil. Sam oversees all farming at these separate sites and incorporates the same farming practices that are utilised at the Arkenstone estate.


The NVD Cabernet Sauvignon is quite different from the Estate Red. It is not created as a second wine or an afterthought, but meant to stand out on its own accord. It is vinified in the same fashion as our Estate Red. Each lot is kept separate until the final blending occurs in order to create the best wine possible.


It is a versatile wine that can be enjoyed upon release, or aged in the cellar and saved for a special occasion.


Arkenstone NVD Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

  • "One of winemaker Sam Kaplan’s finest showings from a lineup of 15 wines across his consulting clients, which include Vida Valiente, Memento Mori, Vangone and Maxem, his own label. This 100% Cabernet is a blend of grapes from Pritchard Hill, Howell Mountain and Calistoga. Aged 22 months in 75% new French oak it delivers heady aromas of cinnamon-dusted black cherry and ripe blueberry, an intriguing herbal note and ground espresso. The structured palate is broad and plush with red boysenberries, savoury black olives, leather and a refreshing herbal note. It glides to a chocolate finish, supported by fine-grained, sappy tannins."

    98 points, Decanter (May, 2022)


    "The 2018 NVD Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and was aged for 22 months in French oak barrels, 80% new. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose reveals notes of warm plums, baked black currants and black cherries with suggestions of clove oil, black tea, Chinese five spice and cedar. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is packed with firm, crunchy black berry flavors with bags of freshness and plush tannins, finishing with compelling energy. 1,200 cases were made."

    94 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Jan. 2021)