O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 134
Vintage

2010

O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced

We chose a one-of-a-kind blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and St. Macaire wine from our two estate vineyards, Del Oso and Amphitheater, on Howell Mountain to be featured at Premiere Napa Valley 2012. We chose three barrels of our three favorite varietals out of the seven Bordeaux varietals we grow on our property, and the wine will age for 28 months in 100% French oak. The wine is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon because that is what we do, 15% Malbec for its perfect balance, aromatic purity and historic lineage, and 10% St. Macaire for intense color.


Aging Process

28 months in 100% French Oak

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.82
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • 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

Sean Capiaux

Winemaker, O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery

Winemaker, Sean Capiaux

Sean Capiaux has deftly established an impressive and notable career over the past 21 years at prominent wineries around the globe since his graduation from California State University, Fresno (BS, Enology; minor in Chemistry) in the late ’80s. In 1994 Sean launched his own label, Capiaux Cellars, which has garnered consistently favorable reviews among both professional reviewers and his own following of restaurateurs and consumers. With his rich history in the wine industry and vibrant resume, it is no surprise that Betty O’Shaughnessy chose Sean to be the crafting hand behind O’Shaughnessy wine. He began his career at Jordan Winery in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley where he worked for two years before joining Houghton Winery located outside Perth in Western Australia.

After experiencing the harvest in Australia, Sean returned to the United States to work as assistant winemaker at Pine Ridge Winery in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. Two years later Sean joined Peter Michael Winery in Calistoga as the assistant winemaker where he worked for four years.

In 1996, Sean and his wife moved to New York. As a bicoastal winemaker, Sean continued to produce Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir in California while also working as the winemaker for Macari Vineyards, Jamesport Vineyards and Schneider Vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island, NY. In 2000, Betty O’Shaughnessy recruited Sean to be the winemaker for her new O’Shaughnessy Estate Winery.

Sean serves as president and winemaker for O'Shaughnessy winery today, consistently crafting world-class mountain Cabernets and continuing to make his Capiaux Cellars Pinot Noir.

Country born: United States

Education: California State University, Fresno (BS, Enology; minor in Chemistry)

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Our philosophy is to produce wines that express the unique character of our estate vineyards and their appellation. The winemaking style is contemporary, utilizing cutting-edge fermentation equipment paired with natural, hands-on winemaking. Our emphasis is on balance; the concentrated nature of the grapes from our estate vineyards needs to be in balance with the flavors and aromas in order to produce the most harmonious wine

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Tetra 2011 Red Wine Napa Valley Tetra 17
Erba Mountainside Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Clonal Selection 16
HUNNICUTT 2010 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 16
Monticello Vineyards 2010 Red Wine Napa Valley The Tributary 16
O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 16
Round Pond Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 16
Seavey Vineyard 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 16
Volker Eisele Family Estate 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Chiles Valley District 16
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