White Rock Vineyards

2014 Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

Premiere Napa Valley Online
2016 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 20 | Lot No. 220
Vintage

2014

White Rock Vineyards

Cabernet Franc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • A barrel selection from 20-year-old vines, aged 24 months in a once-used French oak barrel
  • Our Cabernet Franc is a component of our claret-style blend we have been producing since 1986
  • Our vines grow in white volcanic ash soil, which consistently produces mineral-driven, complex wines
  • Established in 1870, our historic estate is known to produce wines with structure and elegance

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 highlights a portion of White Rock’s estate Cabernet Franc vineyard, which sits at the base of the famed Stags Leap Mountain Range, with white volcanic ash soil which consistently produces mineral-driven, complex wines. It is a barrel selection from 20-year-old vines, aged 24 months in a once-used French oak barrels, offering floral notes complimented by a bold structure.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced

Christopher Vandendriessche

Winemaker, White Rock Vineyards

Winemaker, Christopher Vandendriessche

Christopher Vandendriessche was raised in Napa Valley, learning the wine business from his parents. Growing up on the farm, Christopher felt that his first passion was science. While at UCSC pursuing a degree in Physics, Christopher began brewing beer in his dorm room. After graduating in 1992, he came home to tell his father he was, “fascinated with fermentation technology.” Realizing the potential of combining his new found interests with the family business, Christopher moved to France and enrolled in the University of Bordeaux. He graduated with an Enology degree, and went on to work at Chateau Pape Clement in Bordeaux. Following harvests in Burgundy, Spain (Remelluri in Rioja), and Argentina (Catena in Mendoza), Christopher returned to Napa for a position as Assistant Winemaker working under John Kongsgaard at Luna. For the next two years, they made wine for a legendary group of winemakers including David Ramey, Dan Baron, Bill Knuttel, and Marco Capelli, among others. In 1999 Christopher returned to White Rock as Winemaker, excited to apply his winemaking techniques to the property he knows so well. Today, Christopher and his brother Michael have taken over the business, working together to craft thoughtful and balanced wines showcasing the unique terroir of White Rock Vineyards. Christopher and his wife Sarah live with their son in Napa.

Country born: United States

Education: BA Physics, UCSanta Cruz, UV Oenologie Universite a Bordeaux, 3 years work in France, 1 harvest work in Rioja, Mentors(Henri Vandendriessche, John Kongsgaard, Dave Ramey, David Danielak)

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Noble winemaking involves stewarding the terroir to it's natural and balanced expression in the wine. When in doubt always choose balance over power. French Oak should be a spice, not a dominant flavor. Make minimal inputs, find natural balance in the vineyard through careful farming.

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