• Producer: Vangone Estate
  • Winemaker: Sam Kaplan
  • Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Napa Valley)
  • Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage production: 108 cases
  • Winery location: Howell Mountain
  • Owners: Mark Davidowski
  • First vintage: 2014
  • Drinking window: 2018-2030+



About The Wine


Every aspect of Vangone Estate is about adventure, discovery and exclusivity. From the precarious drive up through hidden backroads, to the breathtaking view that awaits you when you arrive (see picture above), to the luxurious micro-production Cabernet Sauvignons produced here, Vangone is the ultimate insider's secret.

The Estate vineyard is a staggeringly beautiful site perched on two ridge tops, high in the Vaca Mountains between Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill and Oakville. With views looking down across the nearby Rector Creek reservoir towards Screaming Eagle on one side (see picture), high up towards Continuum Estate in the other direction, and untouched wilderness at every other angle, this has to be one of the most stunning vineyards in Napa.

Stylistically, Vangone is an amazing expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines are almost an Oakville/Pritchard Hill hybrid with the intensity and dark fruit profile of the former (think nearby Dalla Valle and Bevan's Tench Vineyard), and the lifted minerality and stunning aromatics of the latter (traits found in Chappellet's Pritchard Hill, and Continuum).

Proprietor Mark Davidowski and winemaker Sam Kaplan (Arkenstone & Momento Mori) produce a unique trio of wines: 100 cases each of two individual vineyard parcels, Block B and Block D, as well as masterfully combining them into the Estate Cabernet (250 cases).
The west-facing Block B has great exposure to the sunshine and the reservoir below has a significant cooling influence. It is full of savoury, perfumed aromatics which showcase the luxurious side of the vineyard and highlight the iron rich soils.

Block D faces Atlas Peak to the east, on an incredibly steep part of the vineyard. It is characteristic for its fruit-driven nose and incredibly powerful, structured core.

The Estate Cabernet  is a stunning combination of the two. It carries notes from each and shines with gorgeous density, structure and personality.


Vangone Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

  • "The inaugural vintage 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 412 clone from two different blocks: B Block and D Block. It was aged for 30 months in 100% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, it has a blackcurrant cordial, blackberry pie and mocha-scented nose with hints of baking spices, underbrush and crushed rocks. The medium to full-bodied palate is beautifully textured by approachable, ripe, fine-grained tannins, with plenty of freshness and persistent earthy layers. 108 cases were made."

    95+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2017)