Barnett Vineyards

Rattlesnake Blend
2022 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 98
Vintage: 2022

Barnett Vineyards

Rattlesnake Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • Our estate Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) is blended with estate Merlot (15%)
  • Grown high in the Spring Mountain District at 2,050 feet on a subsoil of andesite volcanic rock
  • The fruit is sourced from struggling southeast-facing vines producing less than 1.5 tons per acre
  • Aging in our estate caves for 22 months in new French oak, utilizing 16 different cooperage houses


Our estate is located at 2,050 feet in elevation high in the Spring Mountain District. Here the boulder-infused soil and 35-degree terraced slopes offer perfect sun exposure, while the cooling night winds at this altitude allow a more extended period of flavor development before the sugars increase (grapes are typically picked three weeks later than those on the Napa Valley floor). This leads to the production of an amazingly concentrated yet balanced mountain Cabernet Sauvignon that is appealing as a life-sized wine in its youth, which can age incredibly well for more than a decade. This unique blend of the powerful 2022 Rattlesnake Cabernet Sauvignon (85%) with the round and lush 2022 Merlot (15%) results in a beautifully structured and aromatic wine that has a wonderful mouthfeel.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

David Tate

Winemaker, Barnett Vineyards

Winemaker, David Tate

David has been the winemaker and General Manager at Barnett Vineyards for sixteen complete vintages, beginning with 2007. David has worked in the Barossa Valley, Australia; Provence, France; Canterbury, New Zealand and has traveled to every fine wine region in the world. David graduated from Brock University in 2002, with an Honors Degree in Enology and Viticulture. Prior to working with Barnett, David was the assistant winemaker at Ridge Vineyards for five years atop Montebello in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
With these over 20 years of experience the groundwork has been laid for David's commitment to quality and understanding of what it takes to produce premium, world-class wine with a sense of place. David's research work has been published (AJEV) and he is an advocate of wine education as he has a diploma from and is a guest lecturer for the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).

Country born: Canada

Education: Honors Bachelors Degree in Enology and Viticulture, first class standing.

Diploma with The Wine and Spirits Education Trust.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
Published with the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture

Winemaking Philosophy:
Quite simply letting the vineyard express its sense of place, allowing a vineyard/varietal to show where it is from vs adulterating the wine in the winery.

Winery Distribution

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

Barnett Vineyards Contact: David Tate


  • Arizona ( Maverick Wine Co. )
  • Arkansas ( Natural State Dist. )
  • California ( Breakthru Bev Group )
  • Colorado ( Maverick Wine Co. )
  • Florida ( Maverick Wine Co. )
  • Idaho ( Tastevine Wine )
  • Illinois ( Maverick Wine Co. )
  • Iowa ( Okoboji Wines )
  • Kansas ( Worldwide Wine and Spirits )
  • Kentucky ( Main Street Spirits )
  • Michigan ( Imperial Beverage )
  • Minnesota ( Maverick Wine Co. )
  • Montana ( Intermountain Distributing Co. )
  • Nebraska ( Quench Distributing )
  • Nevada ( Breakthru Bev Group )
  • New Jersey ( Independence Wine Co. )
  • New York ( Independence Wine Co. )
  • North Carolina ( 3 Keys )
  • Ohio ( Vintage Wine Distributors )
  • Oklahoma ( Armada Distributing )
  • South Carolina ( 3 Keys )
  • Tennessee ( Empire Distributors )
  • Texas ( Maverick Wine Co. )
  • Utah ( Mercer Beverage Marketing )


  • Belgium ( MaQuinze Wines )
  • Canada - Alberta ( South by Southwest Wine Importer )
  • Canada - British Columbia ( Vintage Corks )
  • Canada - Ontario ( Lifford Wine Agency )
  • Caribbean ( Caribbean Wine Club )
  • Costa Rica ( Delizia SA )
  • Denmark ( Novin )
  • Germany ( HPJ Wines )
  • Hong Kong ( Golden Gate Wines )
  • Japan ( Cyest International & Vinos Yamasaki )
  • Mexico ( The Wine Co. )
  • Philippines ( Artisan Cellars & Fine Foods Ltd. & The Wine Club )
  • Puerto Rico ( B Fernandez & Hnos., Inc. )
  • Puerto Rico ( Almacen De Adeudo )
  • Singapore ( Botella Boutique Wine Cellar )
  • South Korea ( Nara Cellar )
  • Switzerland ( Putzi's Weinresidenz zum Rössli )
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