• Producer: SLOAN ESTATE - read about the Estate
  • Winemaker: Martha McClellan
  • Region (AVA): Napa (Rutherford)
  • Blend: c.90% Cabernet Sauvignon, c.10% Merlot / Cabernet Franc / Petit Verdot
  • Vintage production: 500 cases
  • Winery location: Rutherford
  • Owners: Sutong Pan
  • First vintage: 2000
  • Drinking window: 2021-2046


About The Wine:


The Estate’s flagship wine since its inaugural 2000 vintage, SLOAN Proprietary Red (500 cases made each vintage) is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. It has a unique character that stems from the Sacrashe vineyard high above Rutherford.


Layered with remarkable complexity and intensity of flavours and aromas, SLOAN exhibits a gorgeous tension between elements of grace and power, balance and opulence, as well as age and vibrancy. It is a precise wine with defined structure and immense aging potential and at the same time, a seductive wine of exceptional fruit finesse, minerality, and multi-layered mouthfeel. Crafted with meticulous care from vine to bottle and exacting standards for achieving the highest quality, this uninhibitedly rich and extraordinarily pure wine is a beautiful, raw expression of the terroir.


The wine sees 26 months in French Oak, (Darnajou and Taransaud) 100% new.  Martha and the team process half of the fruit by barrel fermentation and half in stainless steel to help better manage the smaller lots.  All wines see an extended maceration period after a cold soak.



  • "Just about pure perfection in a class, the 2014 Proprietary Red is heavenly stuff that offers a rare mix of both elegance and power. Still vivid purple-hued and loaded with notions of crème de cassis, leafy herbs, dried tobacco, graphite, and a touch of loamy soil notes, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a seamless mouthfeel, and building yet perfectly ripe tannins. It’s as concentrated as the 2015 yet offers a more polished, seamless style that’s already hard to resist. I doubt it will ever shut down, and it’s a wine that will offer pleasure today as well as in 30 years or more."

    99 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Jan. 2021)