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When  I learned winemaking in Bordeaux most wineries still made wine that was meant for the ages. Things have changed since but I liked that tradition and I decided to maintain it in my project. I built my palate on the wines of the 70’s and the 80’s from the very extensive cellar of my in-laws. I really liked it! Traditionally families would buy wines knowing they would have to wait 20 year to drink it. A lovely tradition developed where basically the previous generation was buying for the next. I like this tradition because it created a sense of continuity, a deeper feeling of family  and very importantly a legacy.

In this spirit, from the inception of Hesperian Wines, I kept a good portion of my wines in perfect conditions in a climate controlled warehouse for release when the wines were ready to drink. You now get the opportunity to purchase perfectly matured wine without having to wait.

2004 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon
Harry's Vineyard

2004 is my inaugural Hesperian release. For my first few years in Napa I was content making wine for other wineries.  But, being a young and rambunctious I was eager to show the world I could make a classic cabernet that would stand the test of time. The wine boasts delicate flavors of cherry, cranberry, loam, orange rind and minerality. The mouthfeel is soft and rich with a silky entry, a round midpalate and a still slightly tannic finish with lingering flavors of iron, blood and red fruits                                                                                                                                          

Alcohol level: 14.7%
Cépage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Élevage: 19 Months in 60 % new French Oak
Production: 170 Case
Optimal drinking window: 2015-2030

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
Harry's Vineyard

2005 was the second vintage of my Hesperian project. The weather was cold, and grapes ripened slowly, and I waited until late October to harvest. These conditions are prone to produce wine that takes a few extra time in the bottle to let the tannins settle down and soften. Not conducive to big, bold drink now wines, but perfect for my classic Bordeaux style of winemaking. Fifteen years since harvest and 13 years resting in ideal cellar conditions, the 2015 Harry’s Vineyard is drinking at the peak of its potential.

Alcohol level: 14.7% by volume
Cépage: 100% Caberenet Sauvignon
Élevage: 19 Months in 100 % new French Oak
Production: 150 Cases
Optimal drinking window: 2015 -2030

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
56% Harry's Coombsville, 25% Tony's Spring Mt and 19% Tom's Rutherford

2007 produced very classical wines. This wine was created by blending the wines coming from three vineyards. A hint of orange appears on the rim. It is delicious now (03/16/20) with floral notes mingling with blueberry, blackberry, mint, and a hint of leather. The wine is medium-bodied, very balanced, silky, and plush. It marries gracefully power and finesse. An extremely long finish with floral notes, laurel, violet, and dried fruit. This wine still shows fresh fruits, yet it also exhibits tertiary notes of forest floor, mushrooms,

Alcohol level: 14.4%
Cépage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Élevage: 19 Months in 37.5% new French oak
Production: 387 cases
Optimal drinking window: 2015-2027

1010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
57% Hagen Vineyard -Coombsville , 43% Paul's Vineyard -Napa

This is a dark, mysterious and oh so succulent wine. Loads of cassis, cassis budwood, boxwood, cedar, sweet tobacco and blood. A rich, dense, balanced and creamy wine with crunchy, classy tannins. Ripe, dark fruits meld with flowers, smoke, licorice, tar and mineral as this fresh and vinous red opens up in the glass. There is a wonderful purity and sheer density to the fruit that caresses the palate all the way through to a very long cassis stem finish.

Alcohol level: 14.4%
Cépage: 77% Cab Sauv , 23% Cab Franc 77% Cab Sauv , 23% Cab Franc
Élevage: 19 Months, 60 % new French Oak
Production: 287 Cases
Optimal drinking window: 2015-2030

2012 Hesperia Cabernet Sauvignon
Kitoko Vineyard ~ Atlas Peak ~ Napa Valley

2012 is the first vintage Philippe produced from Kitoko Vineyard. On release, the wine showed beautiful aromas of raspberry, blueberry, anise and spices. A big, powerful wine that retains a sense of balance and elegance, today the wine opens with a minty, mossy overtone, exhibiting notes of preserved plums, mulberry, and blackberry. Once a very tannic wine, its structure has served it well and it retains a youthful personality. 

Alcohol level: 14.6%
Cépage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Élevage: 20 Months 70% new French oak barrels
Production: 250 Cases
Critical acclaim: 93 Points James Suckling
Optimal drinking window: 2020-2030

2013 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon
Kitoko Vineyard ~ Atlas Peak ~ Napa Valley

Characterized by a very dusty, complex goût de terroir, not unlike a Pritchard Hill wine, this wine brims with notes of marzipan and cherry jam that waft from the glass in a very expressive way.  Broad, powerful yet silky and rich with complex notes of tea, earth, blackcurrants and spices. It has a great purity of fruit. Lively, lifted, structured. Last Tasted: June 2018.

 

Alcohol level: 14.6%
Cépage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Élevage: 20 Months in 80% new French oak barrels.
Production: 250 cases
Critical acclaim: 93 Points James Suckling, 92 Points Decanter
Optimal drinking window: 2018-2035

2014 Hesperian Cabernet Sauvignon
Kitoko Vineyard ~ Atlas Peak ~ Napa Valley

This wine is defined by its soft, silky texture that walks on little cat feet. Margaux-like, it’s seamless and juicy, with beautifully defined tannins. Sweet blackcurrant juice, huckleberries, anise, and blackberry make for a wine Robert Parker called “Stunning.”

 

Alcohol level: 14.6%
Cépage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Élevage: 20 Months in 80% new French oak barrels
Production: 250 cases
Critical acclaim: 93 Points The Wine Advocate, 93 Points James Suckling, 93 Points Jeb Dunnuck
Optimal drinking window: 2019 - 2027

2014 Hesperian Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Atlas Peak, 30% Coombsville , 50% Napa Valley

This wine is a luscious mouthful of Cabernet with notes of dark chocolate, poached cherries, blackberry, and blackcurrants. It will age through 2028 handily. James Suckling loved its “Aromas of blackberries and blueberries with hints of sweet tobacco. Full body and solid and chewy tannins. Powerful finish. Structured and rich red.

Alcohol level: 14.7%
Cépage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Élevage: 19 Months in new French oak barrels
Production: 250 cases
Critical acclaim: 93 points James Suckling 
Optimal drinking window: 2019-2030

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