Flying Horse Winery

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 6


Flying Horse Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

10 cases produced

Flying Horse Winery is owned by the Smeding family, a four-generation Napa Valley farming family. Hendrik runs the day-to-day winery business, Lettie is winemaker, Hendrik IV manages our vineyard when not attending viticulture and winemaking classes at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Bergen works on marketing and sales as he studies business at Pacific Union College. For this Premiere lot we picked the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at a slightly lower brix than some winemakers prefer, as all other grape components were perfectly aligned. The grapes were outstanding: fully ripened with good color, and fruit forward with nice berry and cherry flavors. The result is an elegant wine that isn’t overbearing: it drinks well by itself and fits nicely with food.

Aging Process

Aged in New and used French oak.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.74
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine

Tasting Chart

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

Lettie Smeding

Winemaker, Flying Horse Winery

Winemaker, Lettie Smeding

I was a zoology major at UC Davis when I took a winemaking class in the 1970s, and I was hooked on winemaking. I especially enjoy creating red wine blends. My wine has received very good response from fellow winemakers.

Country born: United States

Education: Bachelors from UCD Zoology 1979.

Years in the wine industry: 4 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I like to keep it simple and pure. I like a clean-tasting wine that exhibits its varietal background.


8311 Regency Drive
Pleasanton  CA  94588


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