Erba Mountainside Vineyards

Clonal Selection
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 5
Vintage: 2010

Erba Mountainside Vineyards

Clonal Selection

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced


In 1998, Paul Erba’s vision was to produce a world-class wine that represented the best of what Napa Valley could produce. After a two-year search, a piece of virgin land was found and when he first saw it, he knew this would become a special vineyard. The land was transformed into a breathtaking vineyard at an elevation of 1,000-1,500 feet, with steep south- and east-facing slopes, whose exposure and soils allow the grapes to ripen perfectly. Sixteen blocks were created with multiple clones planted. Winemaker Denis Malbec was brought on in 2010 to bring to fruition the vision. Our Premiere Napa Valley offering is sourced from multiple picks of our best clones, and together, they highlight the singular mountainside terroir of our property in a wine that is both powerful and elegant.

Aging Process

20 months in new French oak

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.8
  • Single vineyard wine

Tasting Chart

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

Denis Malbec

Winemaker, ERBA

Winemaker, Denis Malbec

Denis started at Château Latour as one of the cellar workers in 1993 and took the position as Enologist and Cellar Master at Château Latour in 1994 and made the vintages from 1994 to 1999.

Denis consults for a number of boutique wineries in and around the Napa Valley; among them we find Kapcsàndy Family Winery and Blankiet Estate in Yountville, Captûre Wines and Respite in Sonoma. In Lake County they also have a few projects with Aliénor and Xurus.

Country born: France

Education: Mentors are his dad and his grand-father.
Denis first studied viticulture and enology in Bordeaux where he got a Brevet de Technicien Agricole - 1987 - and a Brevet de Technicien Supérieur Agricole specialized in viticulture and winemaking - 1989 - and later in Reims, Champagne, where he got a Diplôme National d’Œnologue - 1991 - and a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées in management, marketing and enology research.
He completed his studies with a Tour de France of the vineyards with work at Château Lagrange - 1988 -, Château Haut-Brion - 1989 -, the Pugnac Cooperative Vinicole - 1989 - in Côte de Bourg, Léon Viollant - 1990 - in Côte de Beaune, Duval Leroy - 1990 & 1991 - in the Côte des Blancs in Champagne and at Calvet - 1992 -, negociant in Bordeaux.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
“Terroir, time and passion make great wine!”

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