The color is deep and black and the nose is powerful and bold with explosive notes of chocolate, espresso, cherry reduction, raspberry preserves, and overripe plum. There is a delightful sense of warmth and baking spices in the heart of this wine. A very dense, bold, and velvety red fruit flavor emerges as a delicious surprise. Flavors of star anise, plum, cassis, dried currant, and espresso bean flood the mouth to find every last taste bud on the palate. The oak is rich and the mouthfeel is lavish. Firm tannins and a distinct sense of terroir create a sensational, well-rounded finish.
This stunning Cabernet comes from our southernmost block of our Estate. The vineyard was planted with cuttings acquired in the late 1960s from Louis Martini seniors’ backyard in St. Helena. The second vintage produced of this wine, the aromas are intense and complex with rich cassis, blackberries, and cedar notes.
There are juniper berries and notes of spice with good weight and structure. A silky texture, and a clean, long finish provide ample tannins for aging
This red and purple-hued wine is dark and delicious. Multiple layers of lush fruit carries through to the palate showcasing flavors of sweet black plums, boysenberry, and pomegranate intricately woven together by soft, velvety tannins. With delicious fruit flavors so lavishly displayed, this wine is approachable, yet simultaneously formidable with all the heft and structure needed to age. Whether poured to stand alone or paired with a hearty meal, this wine is an occasion in and of itself.
A luxurious blend of three components from the Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Our inaugural release of this wine was in 2014, led by second generation vintner Allison Steltzner and her husband Sam Sharp. They drew inspiration from the landscape of the property in creating Bench Vineyards project. This wine provides amazing texture with lovely blue and red fruits, with a long elegant finish. The aromas are complex with notes of dark fruit, violets, ripe plums and a hint of toasted cedar. On the palette this wine has flavors of rich and smokey pipe tobacco and a slight hint of cedar. It is wine is well balanced with a beautiful structure and manages to glide smoothly across the palate, finishing with a long lingering finish.
This Cabernet is massive and rich, yet restrained. The color is deep and black and the nose is powerful and bold with explosive notes of chocolate, espresso, cherry reduction, raspberry preserves and overripe plum. The taste is dense, bold and velvety. The oak is rich and the mouthfeel is lavish. Firm tannins and a distinct sense of terroir create a sensational, well-rounded finish.
This very special wine is made from a single block of Cabernet in our vineyard that has a small slope and excellent drainage. This single barrel selection wine is produced in only two Darnajou barrels, which is the favorite barrel cooper of the Winemaker. The color of the wine is captivating in dark purple, almost black, with intense aromas of mature ripe fruit, cassis, dark chocolate and red fruit. Flavors intensify on the palate with assertive tannins in the entry that are balanced nicely by the structure of this wine. It maintains a creamy, smooth mouth feel which carries over to the finish.