Sullivan Vineyards

Blend 198
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 19 | Lot No. 163


Sullivan Vineyards

Blend 198

Cabernet Sauvignon

5 cases produced


  • Small-lot, 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon, beautifully structured, elegant and powerful
  • This is a unique blend of Clones 7 and 191 created especially for Premiere Napa Valley
  • Showing its youthful prime, this wine delivers a masculine texture with a lingering earthy pleasure
  • Aromas of black cherry, cassis and plum combine with dark chocolate and classic Rutherford Dust

Blend 198 is the intersection of two gravel streaks that run through Sullivan Vineyards on west Galleron Road. On the westerly gravel seam washed down off of Spring Mountain is the clone 7, planted by the family in 2000. Bright in flavor, dark cherries and dark berries, plush and concentrated finish. To the east is the clone 191 on a gravel riffle of smaller, finer cobble that was influenced by sedimentary forces long ago. Finer in tannin, more powerful in structure, the Clone 191 adds a layer of fine tobacco and bitter chocolate that, when co-fermented with the Clone 7, brings the two Cabernets together into a singular wine.

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Wine was dry farmed
  • Sustainably produced
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Scott McLeod

Winemaker, Sullivan Rutherford Estate

Winemaker, Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod was the winemaker for Rubicon Estate for 18 years, was named Wine Enthusiast “winemaker of the year” in 2009, and has now ventured out on his own. From his time working in Italy’s Chianti region, Scott McLeod developed a singular obsession: to make wine in the way of a classic European winery—an estate vineyard based exclusively on terroir. “The land is what we sell, what we manage, what we farm, what we walk every day…You are your land.” Beginning with the 2012 vintage, Scott brings his passion for winemaking, talent and expertise to Sullivan Vineyards as our consulting winemaker.

Country born: United States


Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:

Wine Spectrum

3315 Chanate Road
Santa Rosa  CA  95404


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