Arkenstone Vineyards

One Point Twenty-One Gigawatts
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 70
Vintage

2014

Arkenstone Vineyards

One Point Twenty-One Gigawatts

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the very top barrels from our Arkenstone estate
  • All of our Cabernet Sauvignon goes into our Obsidian Blend with the exception of this stunning PNV wine
  • A near-perfect growing season brought an early harvest, creating intensity and beautiful balance to the wine
  • A freak lightning strike during the 2014 harvest added some excitement and good luck to our vintage

This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 60 bottles that will ever be made. Think of it as a bit of Napa Valley history in your cellar and celebrated in a glass with friends and family. The rocky, volcanic soils at Arkenstone Vineyards on Howell Mountain contribute enormous concentration, good structural tannins and bright acidity in creating beautiful balance in their wines. This rare 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the very top barrels of their 2014 vintage is a testament to that beautiful balance and intensity. A freak lightning strike during the 2014 harvest added some excitement and good luck!


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Sam Kaplan

Winemaker, Arkenstone Vineyards

Winemaker, Sam Kaplan

You will hear winemakers say that paying attention to detail is critical, but Sam Kaplan, Arkenstone's Winemaker, takes it to another level. In the caves at Arkenstone, he has the luxury to do just that.

After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Sam was offered an internship at Pine Ridge Winery in 1998 for his first vintage. He then met the de Leuze family at ZD and worked his way from a cellar worker to the cellarmaster position. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Assistant Winemaker, where he worked for nearly seven years learning not only winemaking and grape growing, but established a solid understanding in sales. In 2006, Sam met Ron and Susan Krausz and was offered the opportunity to help create their dream --a new winery called Arkenstone up on a spectacular shoulder property of Howell Mountain.

As Winemaker and overseer of the vineyards, Sam maintains the integrity and quality of Arkenstone wine. The depth, complexity, and balance of the wines are evidence of the tremendous breadth of his abilities. Passionate about organic farming, he loves spending time walking the vineyards with the crews, taking note of the tiniest details that ultimately shape each vintage.

The maxim that Sam lives by: Make the best damn wine possible and have fun doing it.

Country born: United States

Education: BA, Lewis and Clark
Enology coarsework at UC Davis and Napa Valley College

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
My goal is to highlight the specific vineyards and bring balance and focus to the wines. I make wines that are approachable upon release, yet are very age worthy.

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