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True Supply

True Cabernet (Bottle)

Secure your bottle from our inaugural (and member-picked) vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. (Limited Supply) 

 

Our Vintage

Our first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, picked by our members among the most pedigreed vines of Napa Valley, honors our celebration of time well spent. Ideal to uncork on special occasions or age for decades, our grapes come from one of Napa Valley’s oldest and most pedigreed vineyards, and from an area where many producers charge over $100 per bottle. We’re teaming up with Seth Cripe, artisanal winemaker and founder of LOLA Wines, who has spent his career planting, harvesting and turning the unique varietals into a collection of wines that celebrate the essence of the grape itself.   

 

The History

The word sauvignon in French derives from the word savage, and the origins of our noble grape are believed to have come from a pairing between Cabernet France and Sauvignon Blanc in the Bordeaux region of France. Other wine historians believe the varietal harkened back to Roman times, and the hardy, sturdy nature of Cabernet vines were toasted by even Pliny The Elder. (“In Vino Veritas,” Pliny famously said. In wine there is truth.) 

In modern days, there’s no arguing Cabernet - and specifically Napa Valley Cabernet - has emerged as the king of reds. A combination of volcanic soil, dry climate and ambitious winemakers led to the pivotal event in the late 1970’s, when French wine critics declared some Napa vintages better in quality than the best reds from Bordeaux. An ongoing war between the old school French wines and techniques and enterprising, big bodied, Cadillac-style, California cabs has ensued ever since.

Napa Cabernet is different than other California Cabernets, often resulting in stronger structure, more pronounced flavor and far superior aging quality. Costing over $100 a bottle for name producers and re-sold at far higher price points after aging, Napa Cabernets are designed for the cellar, and uncorking for special occasions.

“The pure experience here is to experience the vintage,” Cripe says. “You uncork a bottle every five years, and you can see how the wine changes and evolves as it ages. That’s the magic of mother nature at work!”

 

The Vines

The vines we’ll be picking from are among the oldest in Napa Valley, and first planted in 1904. At the time, Napa had yet to become a destination for wine, and its rich soil attracted farmers like the Heitz family, who had immigrated to the States from Alsace, a town in northern France. 

Before re-locating to Napa, Michael Heitz, the family patriarch, had been working as a gardener in the cemeteries of San Francisco. But he found refuge and solace in the picturesque Napa Valley, and started planting vines.

The land they purchased was located at the base of Diamond Mountain, just two and a half miles south of the town of Calistoga (and now next to an esteemed circle of neighbors including producers Sterling, Clos Pegase and Schramsberg). 

Harvesting the grapes for personal consumption, the Heitz family eventually refined their practice, selling small batches and a limited amount of cases. The winery survived the Great Depression and Prohibition, several fires and the turbulences and fads of the wine industry. 

Last year, the winery formed a partnership with Seth Cripe, an artisanal wine producer and founder of LOLA wines in Calistoga, to harvest a part of the vineyard to produce a limited series of Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll be following the same path this year, hand-picking the vines and pressing the grapes to produce our first True vintage.

Origins

Our Vintage

Our first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, picked by our members among the most pedigreed vines of Napa Valley, honors our celebration of time well spent. Ideal to uncork on special occasions or age for decades, our grapes come from one of Napa Valley’s oldest and most pedigreed vineyards, and from an area where many producers charge over $100 per bottle. We’re teaming up with Seth Cripe, artisanal winemaker and founder of LOLA Wines, who has spent his career planting, harvesting and turning the unique varietals into a collection of wines that celebrate the essence of the grape itself.   

 

The History

The word sauvignon in French derives from the word savage, and the origins of our noble grape are believed to have come from a pairing between Cabernet France and Sauvignon Blanc in the Bordeaux region of France. Other wine historians believe the varietal harkened back to Roman times, and the hardy, sturdy nature of Cabernet vines were toasted by even Pliny The Elder. (“In Vino Veritas,” Pliny famously said. In wine there is truth.) 

In modern days, there’s no arguing Cabernet - and specifically Napa Valley Cabernet - has emerged as the king of reds. A combination of volcanic soil, dry climate and ambitious winemakers led to the pivotal event in the late 1970’s, when French wine critics declared some Napa vintages better in quality than the best reds from Bordeaux. An ongoing war between the old school French wines and techniques and enterprising, big bodied, Cadillac-style, California cabs has ensued ever since.

Napa Cabernet is different than other California Cabernets, often resulting in stronger structure, more pronounced flavor and far superior aging quality. Costing over $100 a bottle for name producers and re-sold at far higher price points after aging, Napa Cabernets are designed for the cellar, and uncorking for special occasions.

“The pure experience here is to experience the vintage,” Cripe says. “You uncork a bottle every five years, and you can see how the wine changes and evolves as it ages. That’s the magic of mother nature at work!”

 

The Vines

The vines we’ll be picking from are among the oldest in Napa Valley, and first planted in 1904. At the time, Napa had yet to become a destination for wine, and its rich soil attracted farmers like the Heitz family, who had immigrated to the States from Alsace, a town in northern France. 

Before re-locating to Napa, Michael Heitz, the family patriarch, had been working as a gardener in the cemeteries of San Francisco. But he found refuge and solace in the picturesque Napa Valley, and started planting vines.

The land they purchased was located at the base of Diamond Mountain, just two and a half miles south of the town of Calistoga (and now next to an esteemed circle of neighbors including producers Sterling, Clos Pegase and Schramsberg). 

Harvesting the grapes for personal consumption, the Heitz family eventually refined their practice, selling small batches and a limited amount of cases. The winery survived the Great Depression and Prohibition, several fires and the turbulences and fads of the wine industry. 

Last year, the winery formed a partnership with Seth Cripe, an artisanal wine producer and founder of LOLA wines in Calistoga, to harvest a part of the vineyard to produce a limited series of Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll be following the same path this year, hand-picking the vines and pressing the grapes to produce our first True vintage.