VHR, Vine Hill Ranch

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 141


VHR, Vine Hill Ranch


Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • Grapegrowers since 1959, three generations of the Phillips family have farmed Vine Hill Ranch
  • Every year for PNV, we create a special “assessment” bottling from one of our seven vineyard blocks
  • This year’s contribution is focused on VHR’s hillside Block 6 in the Oakville nested appellation
  • This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine is classically elegant and a true reflection of Vine Hill Ranch

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. Your Premiere Napa Valley wine focuses on fruit from VHR’s hillside Block 6 in the Oakville nested appellation. Tucked along the wooded hills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, lush, aromatic Cabernet Sauvignon grapes thrive in the well-drained soil and temperate climate of this site and exude an earthy, forest-floor chaparral quality along with concentrated and expressive black fruit flavors. Harvested at optimal ripeness and meticulously sorted, this wine underwent cold-soaking, and an extended maceration. Native yeast was utlized and the wine was aged in new French oak barrels.

Wine Facts

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

Francoise Peschon

Winemaker, VHR, Vine Hill Ranch

Winemaker, Francoise Peschon

Raised in California's wine country with family roots in Luxembourg, Francoise received an enology degree from UC Davis. After post-graduate work at the University of Bordeaux and an apprenticeship at Chateau Haut-Brion, Francoise returned to the Napa Valley.
In 1993, Francoise joined Araujo Estate, soon stepping into the role of winemaker. The reputation of the vineyard and the Phillips Family's determination to craft a wine of place drew Francoise to VHR in 2008.

Country born: United States

Education: UC Davis
University of Bordeaux

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
SF Chronicle Winemaker of the Year (2020)

Winemaking Philosophy:
I collaborate closely in the field with vineyard manager, Michael Wolf, to cultivate a wine that is dynamic, powerful and elegant; a soulful expression of the site.

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