PATEL - Napa Valley

Tourmaline Vineyard
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 7


PATEL - Napa Valley

Tourmaline Vineyard

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


For Premiere Napa Valley, we offer our first vineyard-designated wine, Tourmaline Vineyard. The fruit from this vineyard, located in the new Coombsville appellation, typically forms the backbone of our flagship wine, PATEL Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. But because of its purity and focus, we chose to let it shine on its own for this special bottling. Tourmaline Vineyard’s sloping terrain and cooler climate allow the grapes to ripen evenly, and its slightly distressed soils and lower precipitation result in smaller clusters. Fruit from this vineyard consistently packs intense color and an opulent character, resulting in a wine with layers of dark fruit, mouth-watering acid and a long, rich finish.

Aging Process

The wine continues to carefully age in new 100% French oak barrels from artisan French Coopers. To assure proper aging we age our wines for about 20 months in a combination of rare barrels from Ana Selection and Darnajou. After many blending trials, the wine is bottled, unfine and unfiltered. Aged for 12 months in bottle before release.

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.66
  • 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

Kian Tavakoli

Winemaker, PATEL - Napa Valley

Winemaker, Kian Tavakoli

After UC Davis, Kian was Opus One's Lab Technician for 4 years where he developed his love and passion for Cabernet/Bordeaux varieties winemaking. The next stop was at Clos Du Val where he was Associate Winemaker and eventually winemaker of their Cabernet program, where under the tutelage of Bernard Portet, he learned the craft of blending - creating refined, structured and well balanced wines. In 2005, Kian took over the winemaking operations for a custom winemaking organization that allowed him to meet and make wine for small brand owners wanting to start their respective programs. In 2007, Raj Patel hired Kian to be his winemaker and together they've sourced, processed, blended and bottled some very impressive wines, and look forward to continuing their trend of making delicious wines for everyone's enjoyment.

Country born: Iran

Education: UC Davis graduate in 1992, with a degree in Genetics/Viticulture Minor.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
To be able to express a given site's fruit to its full potential, yielding wines of great richness, complexity, and overall balance.

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