Auction 15 | Lot No. 164
5 cases produced
This is a wine that just reached out and
grabbed us from day one. A single-vineyard
barrel selection from the small Davis Vineyard,
tucked into the famed To Kalon area, gave us
this dramatic, powerful yet balanced 100%
Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown by the exceptional
viticulturist Jason Benz and crafted by
winemaker Jeff Keene, this is a wine the will
last forever. Truly a one-of-a-kind bottling
from an exceptional and rare vineyard.
The extremely low yields in 2009 produced a
profound, compelling and classic Oakville
100% French Oak 24 months
- Wine is unfiltered
- Single vineyard wine
||very full bodied
Winemaker, Cornerstone Cellars
While working as a chemist in a food science laboratory doing grape and wine research in his native New Zealand, Jeff Keene was both intrigued by wine and certain that he did not want to spend his days in a white lab coat under fluorescent lights. He returned to university and attained a Postgraduate Degree in Oenology and Viticulture at Lincoln University in New Zealand. After working several vintages at Selaks Winery and Palliser in Martinborough he came to the Napa Valley as an intern in the late '90s for Havens Wine Cellars, where he stayed on rising to assistant winemaker then winemaker. After Havens he joined the Peter Franus Wine Company, which gave him the opportunity to work with vineyards throughout the Napa Valley under the able mentoring of renowned winemaker Peter Franus, whose 30 years of Napa Valley experience was a incredible resource. In 2008 he joined Cornerstone Cellars as winemaker.
Country born: New Zealand
Education: Postgraduate Degree in Oenology and Viticulture from Lincoln University, New Zealand
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Jeff Keene's winemaking philosophy is straightforward, "to produce wines that reflect site and appellation, respecting traditions and to make wines we love to drink."
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: Selecting our Premiere Napa Valley lot always allows me to dig deeper into the individual character and potential of each of our vineyards. It deepens the experience of each vintage.
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