Varozza Vineyards 2013 Estate Grown St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
In the heart of the famed St. Helena appellation lies historic Varozza Vineyards. It's there that 38 stunning, family-farmed acres containing some of Napa Valley's most sought-after varietals are grown.
The vineyard consists of seventeen blocks in which eight varietals, including some of Napa Valley's oldest Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel vines, have found their home.
Owned and farmed by the Varozza family for over 100 years, the vineyard is now under the careful watch of Jack Varozza, whose passion for his family's land is evident in the extraordinary character of fruit it bears. Dry farmed and sustainably managed, the Varozza Vineyard delivers unparalleled concentration and elegance to it's fruit and, later, to its signature wines.
These blocks are composed of the oldest vines of this particular variety on the property – and many believe in Napa Valley - and represent St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon in its purest form.
Like many older Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Napa valley, the vines faced the bulldozer a few years back due to the decline in the amount of fruit they produced. However, Jack and I agreed that regardless of the limited yield, these vines were by far the most concentrated and balanced of their peers. So, we saved them and they now provide the foundation for Varozza Vineyards stunning Cabernet.
The berries are the size of a blueberry, at best. The skins are thick and tough, and loaded with color and tannin. The flavor they produce lends toward a rustic, earth driven wine with undercurrents of very black fruit. The tannins are incredibly well structured, but integrate into the wine with such finesse you would think it was made of silk.