2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 62



Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

10 cases produced

Arns Winery sits on 180 acres with only 10 planted acres of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The property is just below Howell Mountain. We are the third owners of this property homesteaded in 1868. The vines are 35 to 50 years of age. This barrel selection comes from our oldest vines and is the spine of Arns Estate Grown. This one-acre block is a unique clone that was selected in the early 1960s. The flavors are not classic for Napa Valley, but very Bordeaux in style. This site produces rich, black chocolate flavors with overtones of mint, coffee and black tea. Aging for 10 to 12 years plus is not unusual. This will be the only bottling of this block of vines.

Aging Process

100% New French Oak for 2+ years

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.57
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Tasting Chart

bone dry very sweet
light body very full bodied
soft, gentle very crisp
no tannins heavy tannins

Sandi Belcher

Winemaker, ARNS

Winemaker, Sandi Belcher

I have been making wine since the early 1970s. My longest time at one winery was winemaker at Long Vineyards, producing white, reds and dessert rieslings. I have worked in Italy, Australia, China, and southeast. Asia. We started Arns in the late 1980s. I consult for several small producers locally.

Country born: United States

Education: College of William and Mary Graduate, Williamsburg, VA

Years in the wine industry: years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My thoughts of winemaking comes from a deep love of the vines.Agro business is so facinating because we can not live without it. Manipulating agriculture gives us food and wine that gives us life that is vital to all.

Q&A With the Winemaker

Q: Fill in the blanks: I chose to make this wine from this particular ______________ because ______________.

A: I chose to make this wine from this particular  vineyard  because  it allows us to showcase a very special site that is isolated from other parts of the Valley as well as the unique characteristics of an old clone.

Wine Spectrum

3315 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa  CA  95404


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