- Producer: Heimark Vineyard - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Françoise Peschon
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Calistoga)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 474 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.
A season to remember, 2018 is one of the finest in recent Napa history. Generous rains and a temperate spring climate gave way to an immaculate bloom in late May. Mild temperatures induced slow maturation of the grapevines, which benefited from long hang times during the cool summer nights. The deep and rich colors of a bountiful fruit set illuminated the Calistoga hillside heading into fall. Harvest broke before daybreak on September 21st and continued at a measured pace through the 29th.
Heimark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon from Heimark is unbelievably elegant, even more than it was last year. Deep, dark and racy, the 2018 possesses tremendous depth and intensity that just builds with time in the glass. Black cherry, lavender, mocha, spice and crushed rocks lend nuance to this potent Calistoga Cabernet. The 2018 is outrageously delicious. Don't miss it!"
98 points, Antonio Galloni (Vinous, Oct. 2021)