Pellet Estate

2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

2020 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 24 | Lot No. 48
Vintage: 2018

Pellet Estate


Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena

5 cases produced


  • A vibrant blend of two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and a bit of Merlot, revealing silky tannins, complexity and elegance
  • The heritage Pellet Vineyard dates to 1863 and is among the earliest in St. Helena
  • 100% estate, 100% French oak (Darnajou and Cadus), 100% passion; produced by hand, vineyard to bottle
  • A very lucky find indeed—the best of the best from the Pellet Vineyard, a true labor of love


Pellet Estate’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Trouvaille” is 100 percent estate fruit from the historic Pellet Vineyard and is a blend of Clone 4 and Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit of Merlot. It is a wine with grip – vibrant and complex, yet shows elegance, balance, all while packed with flavors of dark fruit, hints of chocolate and spice, showing silky tannins with a seductive mouthfeel. This wine represents the absolute authentic expression of the Pellet Vineyard and is classically made by iconic vintner Tom Rinaldi. Quite frankly, as Tom and Eric think, “It’s a lucky find indeed.”

Wine Facts

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

Tom Rinaldi

Winemaker, Pellet Estate

Winemaker, Tom Rinaldi

Raised in San Francisco, Tom made frequent trips to Napa on his motorcycle, buying wines directly from the wineries of the day. After four years in the Navy, Tom enrolled at UC Davis along with notable classmates Mike Martini, Tim Mondavi, Randy Dunn, and Bob Levy.

Tom's career began at Freemark Abbey, an experience he calls "a great job, and a great honor." In 1978, Tom became the founding winemaker at Duckhorn Vineyards. After 22 vintages of creating some of Napa's most celebrated wines, Tom helped launch Provenance Vineyards and Hewitt Vineyard from the ground up. Tom's recent 2010 Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was named to the Wine Spectator's Top 10 in the world for 2013, and the #1 Wine in California.

Tom resides with his wife and daughter in St. Helena, where you will either find him in the vineyard, the cellar, or riding his bike throughout the Napa Valley.

Country born: United States

Education: UC Davis graduate, mentor to many many winemakers.

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winemaking Philosophy:
To hand craft each wine appropriately to the vintage, the vineyard, and the varietal to result in the purest expression possible.

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