Hestan Vineyards

Stephanie "Bravura"
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2013 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 17 | Lot No. 153


Hestan Vineyards

Stephanie "Bravura"

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Nestled in the rolling hills of Napa Valley’s remote eastern slopes, Hestan Vineyards is a 56-acre tapestry of small, individually farmed blocks planted to the five principal red Bordeaux varietals. The winery’s Stephanie Cabernet, named for the owner’s daughter – a concert harpist – is the virtuoso expression of the site’s varietal composition. Each year, Stephanie winemaker Jeff Gaffner selects his favorite, most age-worthy lots for our Premiere Napa Valley offering. This particular Cabernet Sauvignon blend was co-fermented to take advantage of peak ripeness and maximize complexity. Living up to its name, “Bravura” sings with incredibly bold dark berry notes and chalky tannins that will only gain in harmony, depth and elegance with still another 12 months in French oak barrels.

Aging Process

26 months in 100% new French Oak

Wine Facts

  • 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

Jeff Gaffner

Winemaker, Hestan Vineyards

Winemaker, Jeff Gaffner

I began as a cellar rat at Chateau St. Jean under the tutelage of Richard Arrowood, and I went on to become part of the winemaking team responsible for the 1996 Cinq Cepages (Wine Spectator Wine of the Year ’99). I launched my own brand, Saxon Brown, in 1997 and my consulting business in 1999 for clients including Edgewood Estates, Xtant, Three Sticks, Black Kite Cellars, Ram’s Gate and Hestan. I specialize in single-vineyard varietals noted for site signature, elegance and balance.

Country born: United States

Education: My mentor was Dick Arrowood.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
I spend a lot of time in the vineyard, keep a meticulously clean cellar and pay attention to what the grapes and wine need. I embrace a traditional approach to focus on making wines of balance and elegance.

Artisan Wine Depot

2495 Old Middlefield Way
Mountain View  CA  94043


Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Swanson Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 21
Anthem Winery And Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 20
Hestan Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate Selection 20
Newton Vineyard 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder Block 203 20
Perliss Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Calistoga The Ravens, Amphora 20
Rubissow 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder Hawkwind 20
Hestan Vineyards 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Stephanie "Bravura" 17
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