AXR Winery

Sleeping Pritchard
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 58
Vintage

2016

AXR Winery

Sleeping Pritchard

Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • Our Premiere Napa Valley debut is a blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two of our most prized blocks
  • A reflection of Jean Hoefliger’s pursuit to create a wine that pushes the envelope of Napa Valley
  • 100% barrel fermented from our finest barrels, utilizing native yeast; unfined and unfiltered
  • 50% from Artalade Vineyard on Pritchard Hill and 50% from Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville

AXR Napa Valley is a winery that pays homage to the past at its new home at its historic estate in St. Helena. Named after the AxR rootstock (Aramond x Rupestris) that was so prominent in building the modern California wine industry, AxR No. 1 eventually succumbed to phylloxera and most of California wine country was left as a blank canvas. Vintners had a chance to replant and to rethink the entire structure of the vineyards; this was truly a crossing of the past and the future of the wine industry as we know it. AXR has given Consulting Winemaker Jean Hoefliger this same blank canvas. Jean is an artisan inherently driven to push the envelope, continually challenging the cognizance of not only winemaking, but life in general. With an insatiable appetite for art, philosophy and a good discussion, Jean thrives when his creativity and passion is left unbound by conventional thinking. For the first time, AXR offers up a special Premiere Napa Valley blend of two prized vineyards, Sleeping Lady in Yountville and Artalade on Pritchard Hill.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered

Jean Hoefliger

Winemaker, AXR Napa Valley

Winemaker, Jean Hoefliger

Jean Hoefliger was born and raised in Switzerland. His initial experience took him from Switzerland to California where he worked at Michel Schlumberger and Hartford Family in Sonoma followed by Bordeaux and South Africa, making wine at the esteemed estates of Chateau Carbonnieux, and Meerlust. Completing a winemaking and viticulture degree at the Swiss federal school of Changins, Jean made his way back to Bordeaux making wine at Chateau Lynch-Bages and then moving back to California where he spent five years as winemaker for Newton Vineyard from 2001 to 2005. In 2005 Jean started Alpha Omega Winery as the Winemaker and General Manager while concurrently building his consulting business with many projects around the world. After 10 years, the Alpha Omega business reached a size that required more time than he had, and he moved away from the business management to focus solely on winemaking. Two years later in 2019, Jean decided to shift his role within the Alpha Omega organization to become solely Consulting Winemaker.

Jean has built his client wineries over the years to include: Monteverro in Tuscany, Perinet in Priorat, Tolosa Winery in Edna Valley, Grapeheart in Suisun Valley, V. Vineyards in Sonoma County, and Alpha Omega, The Debate, Clark-Claudon, Decades 5, Theorize, Sunshine Valley, MR Michel Rolland and Hill Family Estate all from Napa Valley. Upon launching in 2016, Jean found a forever home as the Winemaker/Partner with AXR Napa Valley.

Country born: Switzerland

Education: Winemaking and Viticulture degree at the Swiss federal school of Changins

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Jean Hoefliger is an artisan inherently driven to push the envelope, continually challenging the cognizance of, not only winemaking, but life in general. With an insatiable appetite for art, philosophy, and a good discussion, Jean thrives when his creativity and passion are left unbound by conventional thinking. Whether in the vineyard, at the winery, home, or around the table with friends - old and new - Jean brings these pursuits alive with playful banter and endearing jokes. In his winemaking, the essence of these experiences is brought to life through a particular craft of winemaking: fundamentally balanced by his experiences in Bordeaux, now left unbridled on the frontier of Napa Valley, making AXR a delectable intersection between the past and future of wine.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
AXR Winery 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Sleeping Pritchard 22
The Debate 2016 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley 22
Tierra Roja Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Ames Straight 22
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Celebrating 50 Years! 22
Gandona Estate 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 21
HALL 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford Sacrashe 21
La Jota Vineyard Co. 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 21
Mt. Brave 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 21
Alpha Omega 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Dr. To Kalon 20
Gandona Estate 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 20
Matthiasson 2014 Red Wine Napa Valley Three Sisters 20
Shafer Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Sunspot Vineyard 20
Tierra Roja Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Collaboration 20
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Perfect Timing 20
Hess Collection Winery 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder 19
Trefethen Family Vineyards 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Lost & Found 19
Bello Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 18
Shafer Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District Sunspot Vineyard 18
Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 18
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