Hopper Creek Winery

Proprietor's Private Estate Reserve
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 15 | Lot No. 140


Hopper Creek Winery

Proprietor's Private Estate Reserve

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced

290 vines of Cabernet Sauvignon were added to our Yountville Estate Merlot vineyard. In the past it was field-blended with the Merlot, but in 2005 we harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon separately to determine its individual properties. Imagine our surprise when what emerged was a high-quality, superb Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon! Only two barrels are produced from these vines annually, from which winemaker Barry Grushkowitz created this Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with our Estate Merlot and Cabernet Franc.

Aging Process

Hand harvested October 12,2008; de-stemmed into and fermented in 1/2 ton macro-bins; punched down by hand 3-4 times daily; fermentation completed after 14 days, then pressed out and pumped into French Oak barrels where the wine aging process was constantly monitored, and where the wine will remain until bottling, scheduled for April 2011

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • 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

Barry Grushkowitz

Winemaker, Hopper Creek Winery

Winemaker, Barry Grushkowitz

Winemaker at Audubon Cellars 1984-2004

Country born: United States

Education: MS Biological Sciences from San Jose State University

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Honors / Awards:
Division Sweepstakes Award Winner from for Late Harvest Chardonnay (LA County Fair)

Winemaking Philosophy:
The least amount of handling of grapes and wine will yield a better 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: The Premiere Napa Valley event allowed the winemaker Barry Grushkowitz to focus on showcasing the unique characteristics of this select, small lot of Cabernet Sauvignon—290 vines, the oldest of all of our Cabernet Sauvignon—from our Yountville Estate vineyards


13210 S. Normandie Avenue
Gardena  CA  90249


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