The Vineyardist

2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

2012 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 16 | Lot No. 78


The Vineyardist

Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District

5 cases produced

In 1879, Lorenz Petersen, having lost all but $2,000 of his savings in the Long Depression, purchased Calarcadia (“California Paradise”), a 180-acre property in Calistoga. He planted vineyards and harvested his first crop in 1884. Each spring, wine brokers would come to meet Lorenz, sample and bid on barrels of wine. Lorenz became a respected Vineyardist. Husband-and-wife team Dirk Fulton and Becky Kukkola purchased Calarcadia in 2000. They restored the Victorian where Lorenz and his family lived and conducted their wine auctions, then hired Mark Herold as winemaker and Jim Barbour as viticulturist. Calarcadia is now home to seven acres of Cabernet Sauvignon growing on Diamond Mountain. Our inaugural Premiere Napa Valley lot is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, from a single barrel from the vineyard's top block.

Aging Process

Aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.81
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • 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

Mark Herold

Winemaker, The Vineyardist

Winemaker, Mark Herold

Mark Herold, Ph.D. has incredible wealth of experience and an in-depth, scientific knowledge of the wine business. A renaissance artisan with a healthy dose of accomplished scientist, Mark’s background is storied in successfully developing new, highly esteemed wine estates, as well as reinvigorating established wineries. From winery design to cutting-edge vinification techniques, Mark’s proven sophistication and skill as an artisan winemaker has earned him the highest accolades from Robert Parker, Jr. – “...producing thrilling Cabernet Sauvignon, largely because of the extraordinary enthusiasm and uncompromising ferocity...”.

Mark began making wine at home in 1993 and produced Merus, his own highly regarded wine label. His deep understanding of science, viticulture and business create an undeniable breadth of capabilities. This sphere of knowledge extends to establishing new wineries, working with established, premium wineries to freshen their wines and image, and cultivating the small, unpolished gems.

Country born: United States

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

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639 Main Street
Saint Helena  CA  94574


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Gallica 2013 Red Wine Oakville 19
Herold Wines & The Vineyardist 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District 18
Charnu Winery 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 17
Casa Piena and Jones Family Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 16
The Vineyardist 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain District 16
Cliff Lede Vineyards 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Let It Be Layla 14
Miner Family Winery 2008 Red Wine Napa Valley 14
Anselmo Vigne 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 13
Bressler Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 13
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