Clos Pegase

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 44


Clos Pegase


Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

The 2009 Antipodes captures the best of the Clos Pegase estate vineyards in a single blend. Crafted from estate vineyard lots grown in the diametrically opposed Napa Valley subappellations of Los Carneros and Calistoga, Antipodes combines the concentrated and stately Cabernet Sauvignon from our gravelly Tenma Vineyard in the Palisades of Calistoga (94%) with spicy and sleek Mitsuko’s Vineyard Syrah from Napa Carneros (4%) and inky, sumptuous Petit Verdot from our Dunaweal Vineyard in Calistoga (2%) to create a seamless and hedonistic Cabernet blend enjoyable now—yet built for the ages.

Aging Process

This plan is to age this blend for 20 months in new French oak, wiht periodic racking as needed to polish the iwne and naturally clarify the wine.

Wine Facts

  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Richard Sowalsky

Winemaker, Clos Pegase

Winemaker, Richard Sowalsky

I began my career has a harvest intern for Michael Havens at Truchard Vineyards in 1991. After two years as a production assistant at Handley Cellars in Philo, I attended the Viticulture and Enology Program at UC Davis, where I received my Masters Degree in Enology in 1996. I then began work as the research enologist at Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, and, two years later, transitioned to Robert Mondavi Winery as associate winemaker for the Bordeaux varieties. In 2004, I relocated tio William Hill Estate as winemaker for two years, followed by a two-year tenure as winemaker/co-general manager for Tetra and Expression Wine, brands of Hill & Wollack Wine Estates. I began at Clos Pegase Winery in 2010.

Country born: United States

Education: B.A. cum laude - Amherst College
M.S. Food Science/Enology Specialization - UC Davis
M.B.A/Marketing specialization - Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My approach to winegrowing begins as an intensive learning process in the vineyard; then, I adapt all of my winemaking to realize the full potential of each site in the finished wine.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Premiere Napa Valley wines are innovative and allow each winery to showcase the region's sense of exploration in fine winemaking. What kind of exploration did your Premiere Napa Valley wine allow you to do?

A: Antipodes afforded us the opportunity to create a unique and harmonious luxury Cabernet blend using estate wine lots crafted from our the very disparate sub-appellations of Los Carneros and Calistoga, where the Clos Pegase estate vineyards are planted.

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