VHR, Vine Hill Ranch

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 22 | Lot No. 139
Vintage: 2016

VHR, Vine Hill Ranch


Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • Napa Valley growers have grown wine grapes at Oakville’s Vine Hill Ranch since 1884
  • An historic county assessment inspired our 2016 Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Assessment showcases the singular attributes of our two-acre hillside Block 6A
  • “Moon dust” soils and a spectacular season delivered an exceptional wine of true depth and character


The VHR, Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is an estate-grown wine of place, the culmination of the Phillips family’s evolution from grapegrowing to winemaking over three generations. Years of traversing vineyard rows and caring for each of Vine Hill Ranch’s seven blocks have imbued a deep understanding of our 70-acre estate vineyard’s unique characteristics. While 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the VHR Cabernet Sauvignon is an annual compilation of the vineyard's unique variety of winegrape plantings along the benchland and hillside slope of the Mayacamas range in Oakville. The 2016 Assessment bottling offers a distinct opportunity to discern the exceptional characteristics of Vine Hill Ranch's Block 6A, located on the hillside slope on ashen soils that we refer to as "moon dust."

Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Francoise Peschon

Winemaker, VHR, Vine Hill Ranch

Winemaker, Francoise Peschon

Raised in California's wine country with family roots in Luxembourg, Francoise received an enology degree from UC Davis. After post-graduate work at the University of Bordeaux and an apprenticeship at Chateau Haut-Brion, Francoise returned to the Napa Valley.
In 1993, Francoise joined Araujo Estate, soon stepping into the role of winemaker. The reputation of the vineyard and the Phillips Family's determination to craft a wine of place drew Francoise to VHR in 2008.

Country born: United States

Education: UC Davis
University of Bordeaux

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Honors / Awards:
SF Chronicle Winemaker of the Year (2020)

Winemaking Philosophy:
I collaborate closely in the field with vineyard manager, Michael Wolf, to cultivate a wine that is dynamic, powerful and elegant; a soulful expression of the site.

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