The Hearth
2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

2021 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 25 | Lot No. 57



The Hearth

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • The Hearth refers to our Rutherford Bench home, the center of the life, warmth and light that permeate this wine
  • We crafted a single barrel of The Hearth using Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Cabernet Franc (13%) and Petit Verdot (8%)
  • The fruit was sourced from 11 carefully chosen vineyard blocks on the 235-acre, organically farmed Inglenook estate
  • The numeral 11 signifies vision, inspiration and focus, all of which inform how we grow grapes and make wine

To make a remarkable wine, one needs a great vineyard, vision, focus and a good vintage. The technical team at the historic Inglenook estate, 235 organically farmed acres in Rutherford, Napa Valley, was excited to see phenomenal quality across our classic red varieties in 2019. Working together, we chose Cabernet Sauvignon (79%), Cabernet Franc (13%) and Merlot (8%) from 11 different blocks for the final blend. We focused our collective energy to bring to life this unique, single barrel wine – “The Hearth.” Knowing that we would be producing only 60 bottles of this wine exclusively for the winning Premiere bidder, we felt very close to that person. “The Hearth” was the name we chose for this special lot, as it conveys our sense of feeling that our Inglenook ‘home’ is on the Rutherford Bench. We know that the life, warmth and vitality of the terroir permeate the wines we produce. We trust that the vibrancy, aromatic complexity and superb texture of this wine will please those who experience it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Chris Phelps

Winemaker, Inglenook

Winemaker, Chris Phelps

Born into a wine-loving family, Chris Phelps completed a degree in enology at UC Davis prior to studying viticulture and enology at the University of Bordeaux. He was selected by his future mentors, Christian Moueix and enologist Jean-Claude Berrouet, of Château Pétrus and Ets. Jean-Pierre Moueix, to direct winemaking at Château des Laurets in Puisseguin-St. Emilion for the 1982 harvest. This led to extensive training at Château Pétrus and other Moueix properties on the Right Bank, and then to 12 years as founding winemaker at Dominus Estate, the Napa Valley property owned by Moueix. After Dominus, Chris served in as winemaker at Caymus Vineyards, prior to joining Swanson Vineyards, where he directed production until 2015. Chris likes to make “New World wines with an Old World sensibility,” blending experience and intuition with appropriate technology. He is passionate about bringing elegance and balance to the wines with which he is privileged to work. Chris has been producing his own Napa Cabernet Sauvignon under the Ad Vivum label since 2007. In addition to serving as Associate Winemaker for Inglenook Winery in Rutherford, he continues to consult for several other brands in Napa Valley and the Pacific Northwest. Chris and his wife, Maria, live in St. Helena, Napa Valley, where they raised their four children.

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years


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Premiere Napa Valley 2021 Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Inglenook 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford The Hearth 25
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District S.L.V. BLOCK 3B 25
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