Kerr Cellars

The Hydra
2021 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 27 | Lot No. 67
Vintage: 2021

Kerr Cellars

The Hydra

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • This mythical creature of epic proportions hails from four of the most iconic vineyards in Napa Valley
  • Cabernet Sauvignon blended from Beckstoffer Georges III and Bourn vineyards, Mast Vineyard and Wappo Hill
  • Four distinct terroirs seamlessly intertwine, offering perfumed notes of cassis, boysenberry and aromatic herbs with opulent texture
  • Expertly crafted by winemaker Helen Keplinger with a meticulous selection of French oak barrels


This wine is a powerful yet elegant expression of Cabernet Sauvignon blended from some of the most iconic vineyards in Napa Valley. The St. Helena, Oakville, Yountville and Stags Leap District nested appellations are beautifully represented in this layered wine. Each vineyard site adds something unique, making this a wine a “Super Cab” of incredible depth and complexity. We created this wine as an homage to our beautiful valley.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced

Helen Keplinger

Winemaker, Kerr Cellars

Winemaker, Helen Keplinger

Helen Keplinger always loved rocks, dirt, art, science, and being outdoors – all which dynamically come together in winemaking.

After graduating from Smith College, she moved to California in 1998 to attend the MS program in Enology at UC Davis. Since UC Davis, she has worked with Heidi Barrett, Kathy Joseph, Claude Gros, Michel Rolland, and David Abreu. Since 2004, she has made wine for Cellers Melis (Priorat, Spain), Kenzo Estate, Arrow & Branch, Bryant Family Vineyards, and is currently the Winemaker for Kerr Cellars, Waterfall, Carte Blanche and Grace Family Vineyard and the Consulting Enologist at Force Majeure in Washington.

In 2006, Helen launched Keplinger Wines in Napa Valley, with a focus on small production, single vineyard Rhone varietals wines. Upon the first release, her husband, DJ Warner, joined the winery to help manage the business side of Keplinger. Since then, acclaim has been building, with press accolades naming Helen Food & Wine Magazine’s 2012 Winemaker of the Year and she graced the cover of Wine Spectator’s June 15, 2014 edition, with an inspired story by James Laube. She was also awarded a Smith College Medal in 2017 for excellence in her field.

Now also making Cabernet Sauvignon under her own label in addition to her Rhone varietal wines, Keplinger focuses on making seamlessly-crafted, terroir-driven wines from distinctive and diverse sites in Napa, Sonoma and the Sierra Foothills. All the vineyards are hillside or mountain sites, carefully farmed in collaboration with Keplinger for health, balance, and the highest quality. The wines are made in small lots, with close attention paid to every detail.

Keplinger constantly strives to make unique wines that are expressions of their vineyards and vintages. Today, production of ten boutique cuvees totals 1,800 cases, with a single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville AVA has been added to the line up in 2014.

Country born: USA

Education: UC Davis MS Enology

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
Smith College Award for Excellence in her field
Winemaker of the Year 2012 Food and Wine

Winemaking Philosophy:
Seamlessly crafted, terroir-driven wines from distinctive and diverse sites in Napa, Sonoma and the Sierra Foothills.

Winery Distribution

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

Kerr Cellars Contact: Helen Keplinger


  • Georgia ( Eagle Rock Distributing )
  • Nevada ( Summit Wines & Spirits )
  • Virginia ( Z Wine Guy )


  • Canada - Alberta ( Vintage West Wine Marketing )
  • Canada - British Columbia ( Vintage West Wine Marketing )
  • Canada - Ontario ( Vonterra )
  • Canada - Quebec ( Vineo )
  • Canada - Saskatchewan ( COOP Wine & Spirits )
  • Singapore ( Alfa International Pte Ltd )
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