Hestan Vineyards

2017 Grenache
Napa Valley

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 47


Hestan Vineyards


Napa Valley

5 cases produced


  • This exclusive offering is a cellar selection of the winery’s best and very limited Grenache production
  • 100% Grenache from the Alban Clone 2, planted in 2010 at the Hestan Vineyards estate by Thomas Rivers Brown
  • This wine underwent extended maceration and aged for 14 months in new French oak barrels
  • Located at 300 to 600 feet on the Vaca Mountains, Hestan benefits from optimum sunlight, excellent drainage and cool nights

The 2017 Hestan Vineyards cellar selection of our best Grenache barrels promises to reflect the outstanding quality of the Alban Clone 2. Following an extended growing season with ideal hang time, this limited five-case lot showcases pure raspberry and rhubarb flavors with spicy white pepper notes, a full mouthfeel, silky tannins and a seductive, smooth finish. It is best served at a cool, almost cellar temperature - 60 degrees Fahrenheit - that highlights the wine’s freshness and delicate bouquet. The Alban Clone 2 was planted by winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown at about 600 ft. elevation on an eastern facing slope at the Hestan Vineyards estate. This site receives the cooler summer sun and is bathed in the shade of the Vaca Mountains at the hottest point of the day in late afternoon. As the sun sets behind the estate, cool night breezes are funneled across the vineyard, ultimately helping our Grenache fruit retain acidity and produce well-balanced wines.

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Sustainably produced

Thomas Rivers Brown

Winemaker, Hestan Vineyards

Winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown

Since moving to Napa Valley from Sumter, South Carolina in 1996, Brown has established himself as one of Napa's most exciting winemakers.

After three years as assistant winemaker to Ehren Jordan at Turley, he went out on his own as a consulting winemaker in 2000. His first two clients, Outpost and Chiarello, are now part of an impressive portfolio that includes: Maybach, Schrader and his own label, Rivers Marie.

Brown's no-holds-barred approach to making uncompromising wines has resulted in effusive praise from the wine press, including unprecedented double 100 point scores from the Wine Advocate's Robert Parker.

In 2009 Thomas joined the Hestan Vineyards winemaking team, taking over production of the winery's critically acclaimed Hestan Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Country born: United States

Education: On-the-job experience under excellent mentors

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Non-interventionist, allowing the terroir of the vineyard to be fully expressed in the resulting wines.

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