Bill & Alicia have been thinking about wine as long as they have been dating - their first date was over a bottle of 1990 Gaja. Things progressed, and despite realising a share dlove of Napa and Sonoma, their life and landscaping business in Pennsylvania kept them over that side of the States for a while before they could realise that dream. Bill cracked first, going out to Napa to work hands-on with the grapes before they founded their winery in 2006. Since then they have built their reputation superb and sumptious powerful red wines. Made to be statements wines to define important moments in life, they are committed to quality and accept tiny productions as the price. Working with fruit from Pritchard Hill, Carneros, Coombsville, St. Helena and Yountville, winemaking for current release vintages is all carefully overseen by Landon Donley (ex-winemaker at Mollydooker and Spottswoode).
Named after the owners' first-born daughter, Cuvée Katrina Eileen is primarily composed of fruit from a vineyard in the Western Hills of Yountville, where yields are miniscule. The extremely rocky soil of the vineyard produces small, concentrated clusters of perfectly ripened grapes. In German, the name “Katrina” represents purity and fittingly, this wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, providing a pure expression of this decadent varietal. This wine has has tremendous personality and character that has developed over a decade in bottle to a stunning, harmonious whole. On the nose sweet scents of rose petal mingle with black licorice, café mocha and Créme de Cassis. Exceptionally rich and complex flavours bursting with blackberry preserves, dark chocolate and cherry pie blend harmoniously with the dense, velvety tannins, which lead to a long and luxurious finish.