Patent Wines

Utilitarian
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction | Lot No. 94
Vintage

2021

Patent Wines

Utilitarian

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • A full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, vibrant and complex with great integrated tannic structure
  • Aging in 100% new extra-tight-grain French oak for 22 months, unfined and unfiltered
  • Dark and dense with a rich and balanced mouthfeel and finish
  • Produced from two tiny St. Helena vineyards and the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley vineyard

Description

An authentic hand-produced, fruit-driven Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from two small St. Helena vineyards and an Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley vineyard. Expertly made and blended by Tom Rinaldi, your wine is aging almost two years in extra fine three-year air-dried French oak medium-plus and high-toast barrels. The very dark color is attributable to extended maceration and a significant bleed during cold soak, adding concentration and density.


Wine Facts

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

Tom Rinaldi

Winemaker, Patent Wines

Winemaker, Tom Rinaldi

Raised in San Francisco, Tom made frequent trips to Napa on his motorcycle, buying wines directly from the wineries of the day. After four years in the Navy, Tom enrolled at UC Davis along with notable classmates Mike Martini, Tim Mondavi, Randy Dunn, and Bob Levy.

Tom’s career began at Freemark Abbey, an experience he calls “a great job, and a great honor.” In 1978, Tom became the founding winemaker at Duckhorn Vineyards. After 22 vintages of creating some of Napa’s most celebrated wines, Tom continued to build many wineries from the ground up, notably Pellet Estate, Provenance Vineyards and Hewitt . Tom’s 2010 Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was named to the Wine Spectator’s Top 10 in the world for 2013, and the #1 Wine in California. Rinaldi’s 45+ years of Napa Valley wine experience enables him to produce wines that showcase his masterful blend of traditional French techniques with ultra-high premium fruit.

Tom leads all winemaking strategies and cellar responsibilities, vineyard selections and crop management, and masterfully assembles all final blends – bringing his art, science, and nature together in harmony and balance.

Always the avid learner, Tom loves everything from anticipating the vineyards’ seasons to experimenting with new methodologies and technologies, always open to innovative practices alongside traditional methods. Tom resides with his wife and daughter in St. Helena, where you will either find him in the vineyard, the cellar, or riding his bike throughout the Napa Valley.

Country born: USA

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

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