Arkenstone Vineyards

Block 1 Lower
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 179


Arkenstone Vineyards

Block 1 Lower

Cabernet Sauvignon
Howell Mountain

5 cases produced


  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from one special block on our Arkenstone estate
  • All of our estate Cabernet Sauvignon goes into our estate red blend with the exception of this stunning lot
  • Our well-drained volcanic soils lead to intensely concentrated, balanced wines
  • The 2017 vintage gave us a beautiful, warm growing season, resulting in wine that is voluptuous and elegant

We had a lot of fun creating this Premiere Napa Valley wine, it gave us a chance to highlight a wine grape that is typically part of our blend, and let it shine on its own. This block of Cabernet Sauvignon stood out early, from the first sampling of fruit on the vines. Winemaker Sam Kaplan put aside enough of this single block beauty to create this stunning wine, and we are excited to share it.

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

You will hear winemakers say that paying attention to detail is critical, but Sam Kaplan, Arkenstone's Winemaker, takes it to another level. In the caves at Arkenstone, he has the luxury to do just that.

After graduating from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, Sam was offered an internship at Pine Ridge Winery in 1998 for his first vintage. He then met the de Leuze family at ZD and worked his way from a cellar worker to the cellarmaster position. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to Assistant Winemaker, where he worked for nearly seven years learning not only winemaking and grape growing, but established a solid understanding in sales. In 2006, Sam met Ron and Susan Krausz and was offered the opportunity to help create their dream --a new winery called Arkenstone up on a spectacular shoulder property of Howell Mountain.

As Winemaker and overseer of the vineyards, Sam maintains the integrity and quality of Arkenstone wine. The depth, complexity, and balance of the wines are evidence of the tremendous breadth of his abilities. Passionate about organic farming, he loves spending time walking the vineyards with the crews, taking note of the tiniest details that ultimately shape each vintage.

The maxim that Sam lives by: Make the best damn wine possible and have fun doing it.

Country born: United States

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

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 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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