O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery

2011 Petit Verdot
Howell Mountain

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 116
Vintage

2011

O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery

Petit Verdot
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced

We’ve farmed Petit Verdot on our Howell mountain property since 1999. This varietal is known for its inky color and powerful flavors. Coupling this with our 1800' elevation and light crop loads makes for a dramatic wine with tremendous depth and exotic aromatics. In addition, we are one of the only wineries in California to grow Saint Macaire, and are known for our limited-production Merlot. Winemaker Sean Capiaux always enjoys creating a special blend for Premiere, and this year brought these three wines together for an exceptional lot. We’ve never bottled a Petit Verdot, but it will star here, seamlessly blended with a small amount of the shy, aromatic Saint Macaire and our powerful, velvety Merlot.


Aging Process

21 months New French Oak

Wine Facts

  • pH: 3.77
  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • 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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O'Shaughnessy Estate Winery 2011 Petit Verdot Howell Mountain 17
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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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