Red Mare Wines

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 109
Vintage: 2018

Red Mare Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • Made from organically farmed grapes grown in two tiny family-owned vineyards
  • Fermented in a 225-liter French oak barrel, your wine has intensity and a balanced richness
  • This wine is the foundation of our top-tier wine, but has never been sold on its own
  • Co-fermented with 8% Petite Sirah, this Cabernet Sauvignon has a hint of the exotic


Cracking the heads off wine barrels, crushing fruit into them and then putting the heads back on in order to have a miniature, submerged cap fermentation is messy, sticky and often results in bruises and splinters ... but the results are worth the effort in time and cost. This wine is the result of years of playing around with our fermentation techniques. We find that a touch of our Calistoga sourced Petite Sirah co-ferments beautifully with our Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. The two are knitted together during the fermentation into something quite unique and delicious.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")

Anne Vawter

Winemaker, Red Mare Wines

Winemaker, Anne Vawter

Growing up on a dairy farm in Washington State, Anne developed a deep appreciation for agriculture from her father, and inherited his love of wine. After graduating from UC Davis with a Bachelor's Degree in Enology and Viticulture, Anne worked for wineries in Washington, California and Chile before settling in the Napa Valley.

Anne worked for several well-regarded wineries in Oakville and Rutherford; Robert Mondavi, St. Supery and for the longest time, Paradigm Winery. It was at Paradigm where Anne developed her appreciation for the rich, complex and elegant style of wines she enjoys making and drinking.

Anne began her consulting career and also started her own brand, Red Mare Wines in 2007. Since then, Anne has consulted for numerous projects in Napa as well as Canada and grown in her love, appreciation and knowledge of wines.

Country born: United States

Education: Education: Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from U.C. Davis
Internships: Canoe Ridge Winery, Robert Mondavi Winery, Caliterra (Chile)
Mentors: Michael Beaulac, Ren Harris, Cameron Vawter, Heidi Barrett

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Honors / Awards:
Wine Enthusiast "Winemaker to Watch" 2015

Winemaking Philosophy:
The vineyard lays the foundation for a great wine. Site selection and vineyard development are the cornerstones. Thoughtful farming with an aim for vine balance, fruit quality as well as land stewardship are the structure. I'm fortunate to work with a small group of great farmers who strive to achieve top quality wines from diverse sites. My techniques in the winery may be seen as a little old fashioned to some. I strive for elegance during extraction and aging and use blending to find a wines complexity.

Winery Distribution

Red Mare Wines is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Red Mare Wines Contact: Jennifer Rue


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