Volker Eisele Family Estate

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Chiles Valley District

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 122


Volker Eisele Family Estate

Cabernet Sauvignon
Chiles Valley District

5 cases produced

For this year's Premiere, we were able to utilize grapes that have special significance to us. Around 1880, Francis Siever, the founder of our property, cleared a small canyon with a northwestern exposure not far from the house, and planted it to grapes. This block was given up after Prohibition. We returned it to production in 1983, but in 1993, this field was devastated by phylloxera. Nineteen years later, the first half of the block has reached full maturity and exhibits incredible quality. So for Premiere Napa Valley, we offer a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, clone See, from this block. Its depth and elegance combine to produce wonderful fruit and tannins. This is a wine clearly for aging.

Aging Process

22 months in French Oak

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • 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

John McKay

Winemaker, Volker Eisele Family Estate

Winemaker, John McKay

John McKay brings 38 years of winemaking experience to Volker Eisele Family Estate. For many years, he has been at the forefront of his profession, implementing new winemaking techniques that were heretofore unknown in California. In the 1980s, he pioneered the now-common practice of "sur lie” aging of barrel-fermented white wines. He was the first to use Semillon as a blending component with Sauvignon Blanc to make wines of great complexity and distinction in the typical Bordeaux style. Volker Eisele Family Estate continues this practice with our Gemini. With red wines, McKay has instituted the use of extended maceration during fermentation for more suppleness and depth of character. It is now applied to both the Volker Eisele Family Estate Cabernet and to our Terzetto. Before joining Volker Eisele Family Estate in 2000, McKay worked with some of California's most influential consulting winemakers, including Helen Turley, Heidi Peterson Barrett, Paul Hobbs and Merry Edwards. We were delighted when he agreed to work with us.

Country born: United States

Education: Degree from UC DAVIS. SEE BIO

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
The vineyard is the key.

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1430 Wilford Drive
Atlanta  GA  30319

Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Volker Eisele Family Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Chiles Valley District 17
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