O'Connell Family Wines

OCFV
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 55
Vintage

2014

O'Connell Family Wines

OCFV

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • 2014 estate Cabernet Sauvignon, selected from four vineyard blocks reflecting our distinctive terroir
  • 100% organic Oak Knoll estate fruit with long cellaring potential; French oak aged for 42 months
  • Terroir-driven, cool-climate Cabernet Sauvignon reflecting the diversity of soils from gravel/sand to rich loam
  • This opulent, elegant wine features seductive aromas of dark chocolate, cassis and hints of lavender

The 2013 OCFV is a memorably complex, terroir-expressive wine stemming from the blocks’ rich alluvial soil, gravelly, lean creek bottom soil, with influences from the lavender surrounding the vineyard.


Wine Facts

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

Gabrielle O'Connell

Winemaker, O'Connell Family Wines

Winemaker, Gabrielle O'Connell

Gabrielle Leonhard O'Connell, is vintner and Director of Winemaking of O'Connell Family Wines, known for boutique, handcrafted, gold medal 94-point Cabernet Sauvignon from the O'Connell Family Estate Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. Gabrielle specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon, and makes 7 wines in the Gabrielle Collection, each a distinctive blend- blending is her specialty & passion. Her wines have a loyal following of fine wine collectors worldwide.

Ms. Leonhard O'Connell is active in the wine industry including: a board member of Women for WineSense where she served as National Board President; a judge at the Mendocino Fair Wine Competition and at the first National Women's Wine Competition; honored as a leader in Sustainable Farming by Napa Valley Grape Growers.

She established the family estate CCOF Certified Organic vineyard and gardens to create a diverse eco-system to ensure overall vineyard health- one of only a few Napa Valley estate that is 100% organic. Gabrielle believes this complex environment sustains healthy organisms that maintain a naturally robust vineyard, which creates beautifully complex wines. The olive grove, orchard, lavender field, herb & vegetable garden produce culinary and lifestyle enhancing products, that embody the natural luxury of wine country living. These and innovative food & wine pairings will be featured for all to enjoy at their Napa downtown Tasting Boutique.

Gabrielle has another passion: Olive Oil. She has completed the certification curriculum at UC Davis to be an Olive Oil Taster; is founder of the Olive Oil Culinary Guild- a training program for chefs on olive oil sensory evaluation & quality; and of MOPREP- an organization to preserve the historic olive trees in California. She is currently authoring a The Ultimate Guide of American Olive Oil and grows historic Mission olives to produce GC Napa Valley Certified Organic Estate Extra Virgin Oil.

Country born: Germany

Education: Gabrielle Leonhard
UC Berkeley Batchelor of Arts
Napa Valley College Winemaking Program
UC Davis Olive Oil Sensory Evalution Program

Wayne O'Connell
UC Berkeley Bachelor of Science & Engineering
Napa Valley College Winemaking Program

Kyle Laird
Hands-on Assistant Winemaker at St Clement & Robert Craig.

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
We allow the grapes to speak of themselves and of the soil. Minimal intervention is key. The process of blending is a high priority. Our Cabernets usually have had 100 plus blending trials to achieve the balance and finesse we strive for in our wines.
Vibrant fruitiness that express terroir; finely grained and integrated tannins; elegance and moderate alcohol levels are signature attibutes of our wines.

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