Oakville Ranch Vineyards

Clea
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

2019 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 23 | Lot No. 146
Vintage

2017

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

Clea

Cabernet Sauvignon
Oakville

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • A triple threat: Three Cabernet Sauvignon clones from three favorite vineyard blocks: Terrace, Roberts and Plateau
  • Each component barrel aged separately, then blended to perfect harmony during the last six months
  • Aging 22 months, unfiltered: a single vineyard preview of the excellent 2017 vintage
  • From organically grown grapes

Our unique Premiere Napa Valley is named after our proprietor Mary Miner’s newest grandchild Clea. Our 2017 "Clea's" Oakville Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon represents the distinct concentration of lush fruit flavors, rich mouthful, and aromas that hint at the chaparral surrounding of our celebrated organic mountain vineyards. With concentrated fruit flavors, inky color and lush mouthfeel, this wine was produced from the Terrace, Roberts and Plateau blocks, each component aged separately to optimize the individual character, until blending during the last six months of the 22 months of barrel aging. Unfiltered, this single vineyard wine reflects the famed bedrock soils of the eastern Oakville hillsides that make our mountain vineyards among the most highly sought-after in the nested appellation.


Wine Facts

  • Wine is unfiltered
  • Single vineyard wine
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")

Jennifer Rue

Winemaker, Oakville Ranch Vineyards

Winemaker, Jennifer Rue

Jennifer's interest in wine began early, and the Santa Monica native still recalls her disappointment at not being able, at the age of 14, to purchase a bottle of wine to pair with the Father's Day dinner she was preparing.

While her ah-ha wine, a DRC Grands Echzeaux, was decidedly French, Jennifer considers herself a thoroughly California winemaker. After graduating from UC San Diego in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in biology and working in the environmental sciences field, traveling and studying abroad, Jennifer set her sights on winemaking in the Napa Valley.

She began at Franciscan Oakville Estate in 1995 working in the tasting room and moved to the lab, where she worked with her first mentors, Gary Brookman and Frances Rojas. In early 1998 Jennifer became part of the founding winemaking team at what would become Miner Family Winery, beginning in the lab and working the last five vintages of her tenure as assistant winemaker. It was there she received the encouragement and support to establish her own winemaking consultancy.

Jennifer joined Trent Moffett in 2007 as winemaker, where she continues to apply her holistic winemaking philosophy, focus and scientific approach to the Moffett, Screenplay and C&T Cellars wines. With a philosophy of it has got to smell good and feel good to be good, Jennifer's goal is producing lush, balanced and aromatically interesting wines

In 2010 Jennifer joined custom crush house Napa Wine Company as associate winemaker to oversee the barrel aging programs, working and learning with other notable Napa Valley winemakers. In 2014 she joined longtime colleague Anne Vawter for the 2014 growing season and vintage to become onsite winemaker for Anne's major clients in 2015, including Oakville Ranch, the first vineyard Jennifer fell in love with and a continual presence through her 19-vintage career.

Jennifer has worked with every Oakville Ranch winemaker since 1996, and the return to Oakville Ranch's soil after many years of hard work and redevelopment by Phil Coturri, and Mary Miner was a sweet homecoming.

Presenting the thinnest veneer between place and palate is her goal, possible only through a deep intimate knowledge of the vineyard and respectful minimal manipulation in the winery. Jennifer sees success when her hand is invisible, with only the voice of the vineyard coming through clearly.

Country born: USA

Education: UC San Diego - Ecology, Behavior & Evolution and Spanish Literature

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Presenting the thinnest veneer between place and palate is her goal, possible only through a deep intimate knowledge of the vineyard and respectful handling in the winery. Jennifer sees success when her hand is invisible, with only the voice of the vineyard coming through clearly.

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
Red Mare Wines 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 24
Smith Devereux 2018 Red Wine Napa Valley Upside Down IBEX 24
Oakville Ranch Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Clea 23
Bouchaine Vineyards 2017 Pinot Noir Los Carneros Best Barrel 22
Schweiger Vineyards 2015 Red Wine Spring Mountain District Mr. Hyde's Blend 22
Matthiasson 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Atlas Peak 21
Patland Estate Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 21
Prime Solum 2013 Cabernet Franc Napa Valley Block 1 20
Robert Biale Vineyards 2013 Petite Sirah Napa Valley The Pet Project 19
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