- Producer: Heimark Vineyard - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Françoise Peschon
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Calistoga)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 220 cases
- Winery location: Calistoga
- Owners: The Heimark Family
- First vintage: 2016
- Drinking window: 2024-2041
About The Wine
In 1997, the 14-acre Heimark Vineyard site was planted by viticulturist Mary Hall Maher (Harlan Estate), winemaker Tony Soter (Soter Vineyards), and long-time estate manager Michael Wolf (Scarecrow, VHR). Wines made primarily from the estate’s grapes have received multiple 100-point ratings.
Encouraged by the positive reception, the Heimark family is working with winemaker Françoise Peschon and Michael Wolf to bring to market wine made exclusively from the Estate’s fruit. Françoise has multiple 100-point scores to her name, and was the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year. She developed a strong reputation within the Napa community as the long-time Araujo / Eisele Vineyard (before its sale to Chateau Latour), and she is noted for her humble, terroir-led winemaking approach.
Heimark Vineyard’s classical structure results in an inviting wine with great depth and lift. The lengthy finish adds seductive notes of black cherries and tobacco. This wine best shows its full potential after a couple of hours of decanting and is beautifully balanced to reward aging for ten to twenty years.
The 2016 growing season captivated everyone. There was enough winter rain to replenish the vineyard following years of drought, and enough sunshine to ensure the development of the fruit’s rich and exultant flavors. Pristine grapes were harvested on September 20. After twenty-two days of fermentation, the wine was aged in new French Oak for twenty months before bottling this special inaugural vintage.
Heimark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely gorgeous Calistoga Cabernet. Powerful and deep, the 2016 marries fruit intensity with energy. Gravel, iron, scorched earther, dried herbs, leather, tobacco, cedar and licorice give the 2016 striking aromatic nuance and layers of complexity. The tannins could use a few years to settle down, but the 2016 is a super impressive wine. Because it was the first year, the wine was aged in 100% new oak, which is not perceptible. The Heimarks certainly chose a great year to start."
96+ points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Jan. 2021)