Arkenstone Vineyards

Estate Ten
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 103
Vintage: 2015

Arkenstone Vineyards

Estate Ten

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced


  • Arkenstone Estate Ten represents the best barrel from our 10th vintage
  • The estate is incredibly low yielding and 2015 was 30% lower … resulting in incredibly concentrated flavors
  • This is hands down the best barrel selection of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain
  • How fitting that this lands on our 10th vintage … here's to Ten


Your Arkenstone Estate "TEN" wine is the result of what happens when our incredibly low yielding estate Cabernet Sauvignon meets an additional 30% drop in yields. This is hands down the best barrel selection of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon, how fitting it is that this lands on our tenth vintage. Here's to TEN!

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Sam Kaplan

Winemaker, Arkenstone Vineyards

Winemaker, Sam Kaplan

Sam Kaplan
Winemaker, Arkenstone

Arkenstone Winemaker Sam Kaplan has been making wine for over two decades in Napa Valley. All roads seemed to lead to Napa since his childhood in Oklahoma. His physician father made wine in the family garage, with fruit from their home vineyard, and grapes from the Napa Valley via train, with Sam stomping grapes and sampling the finished product at meals. Sam went to Lewis and Clark College in Portland thinking he was going to become a doctor, but a stint living with a wine-loving family while studying abroad in Spain gave him second thoughts. Sam grew captivated by wine culture and its powerful ability to bring people together. A key point in Sam’s life came while visiting a winery in the Willamette Valley. Walking into the winery cellar that day, the smell of fermentation overwhelmed him, sending chills down his spine. It was a pivotal moment. The intensity of aromas brought him back to his childhood, made him feel instantly at home, and cemented the realization that he was destined to pursue a career in wine. Sam ended up with a Religious Studies degree and a job offer at Gary Andrus’ Napa Valley property, Pine Ridge. His instinct was to get a formal wine education, but Gary–now his mentor–convinced him to learn on the job, by farming and working harvests. Sam’s first full time role was at ZD Wines, where he learned the ropes and worked his way from the bottom up. He met his wife Nancy there, who worked on her off days to expand her palate as a Michelin star chef. In 2006, the opportunity of a lifetime came knocking in the form of a winemaker role at what would become Arkenstone Estate and he helped to shepherd what would bethe very first vintage to be released from that year. Sam helped design the Howell Mountain project from soup to nut with owners Ron and Susan Krausz and continues to oversee the day-to-day farming and winemaking for the estate ensuring seamless integration from farming to fermentation to bottle. His signature style embodies the Arkenstone winemaking philosophy, which is based on consistency and elegance. Sam’s wines quickly became legendary for their depth, complexity, and balance. In addition to his full-time role at Arkenstone, Sam also serves as winemaker for Napa Valley’s Memento Mori, Vida Valiente, Vangone Estate, and MAXEM, the wine label he started with Nancy. Since it’s very fist 2006 vintage, Sam has been, and continues to be, a critical part of the Arkenstone story. When he isn’t making iconic wine, he’s traveling, fly fishing with Max and Emma, exploring new recipes with Nancy, farming their garden, or blending artisan gins for his famous martinis.

Country born: United States

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

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 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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