In keeping with the Bordeaux tradition,
winemaker Jeff Gaffner blends for depth,
nuance and balance using all five of the
Bordeaux varietals planted to Hestan
Vineyards, with Cabernet Sauvignon dominating
the blend of this special wine. Situated
in the rolling hills of eastern Napa Valley,
Hestan Vineyards is a 41-acre tapestry of
small, individually farmed blocks planted
to the five principle red Bordeaux varietals:
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot,
Cabernet Franc, and Malbec. The vineyard’s
unique mix of soils, slopes, exposures,
rootstocks, clones, and varietals contributes
to the spectrum of flavors and nuance found
in this limited-edition bottling of Hestan
Vineyards Stephanie wine.
28 months new French Oak
Single vineyard wine
Winemaker, Hestan Vineyards
I began as a cellar rat at Chateau St. Jean under the tutelage of Richard Arrowood, and I went on to become part of the winemaking team responsible for the 1996 Cinq Cepages (Wine Spectator Wine of the Year ’99). I launched my own brand, Saxon Brown, in 1997 and my consulting business in 1999 for clients including Edgewood Estates, Xtant, Three Sticks, Black Kite Cellars, Ram’s Gate and Hestan. I specialize in single-vineyard varietals noted for site signature, elegance and balance.
Country born: United States
Education: My mentor was Dick Arrowood.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
I spend a lot of time in the vineyard, keep a meticulously clean cellar and pay attention to what the grapes and wine need. I embrace a traditional approach to focus on making wines of balance and elegance.
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