Notre Vin

On a Saturday afternoon
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 105
Vintage: 2014

Notre Vin

On a Saturday afternoon

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

10 cases produced


  • May-Britt and Denis Malbec crafted this unique wine that can be aged for decades
  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, with very concentrated flavors typical of our favorite terroir
  • Sourced from our oldest Howell Mountain vineyard, nestled at 1,800 feet, well above the fogline
  • Aged in 100% new French oak, our wine will provide great pleasure and excitement for years to come


This rare expression of Napa Valley winemaking is one of only 120 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. On a peaceful Saturday afternoon, with great Napa Valley wines from the sixties in mind, May-Britt and the late Denis Malbec sat down to design this unique 100% Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Sourced from their oldest Howell Mountain vineyard, nestled at 1,800 feet, well above the fogline, this cherished wine is very concentrated, with flavors expressing their favorite terroir. Aged in 100% new French oak, this wine will provide great pleasure and excitement for years to come.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Denis Malbec

Winemaker, Notre Vin

Winemaker, Denis Malbec

Denis Malbec was born at Chateau Latour in Pauillac, France. He took his first baby steps in the cellar, holding onto barrels, and later learned to ride a bike by weaving among the vineyard rows. His father, Jean-Noel Malbec, and his grandfather, Camille Malbec, both served as Cellar Master and Vineyard Manager for Chateau Latour. In 1993, Denis followed in their footsteps, starting as a cellar worker at Chateau Latour and eventually becoming Enologist and Cellar Master. He crafted vintages at this renowned house from 1994 to 1999.

In 2000, Denis Malbec and his wife, May-Britt, moved to California to expand their vision of crafting exceptional wines from the world's most distinctive regions and, applying their multi-generational winemaking experience to the fruit in and around the Napa Valley, quickly became one of the most sought after consulting winemaker team in the world.

In 2003, May-Britt and Denis started making their own wine, NOTRE VIN, from a high altitude vineyard on Howell Mountain, which has since then been rated as one of the top 15 Napa Valley Cabernets in international publications.

Country born: France

Education: Denis Malbec is a graduate in oenology with degrees from the Universities of Bordeaux and Reims. Denis apprenticed at Chateau Haut-Brion and Duval-Leroy in Champagne. He then was in charge of winemaking at Chateau Latour until 1999 when he and his wife May-Britt, a distinguished sommelier on her own, moved to the Napa Valley in 2000 and added a few 100 Parker point wines to their pedigree.

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Remember what I learned from my forbearers, make wine with passion and be respectful of the land.

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