David Abreu has painstakingly cultivated a style of winemaking in the Napa Valley over 30 years, focusing on the vineyards, soils and fruit, that has, deservedly gained him celebrity. Born and bred in the Napa Valley, he produces iconic, single vineyard wines from his 28 hectares of vineyard in the Napa Valley.
The cabernet-driven blends, from the meticulous properties of Madrona Ranch, Cappella, Las Posadas and Thorevilos, are proof of his long-honed expertise as to what makes one vineyard exceptional, and another just great.
Five wines are produced, all in very small quantities. Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos, Capella and Howell Mountain Las Posadas are single vineyard sites and Rothwell Hyde is a blend of all sites. Low yields, two sortings and co-fermentation by varietal are what makes these wines truly unique; 100 barrels are refined down to only 12,000 bottles.
Rothwell Hyde Estate Red 2014
The three fermentations that make up the blend for the 2015 Rothwell Hyde span the entire harvest. On September 10, we picked Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Madrona Ranch, Cappella and Thorevilos. Nearly a week later we made another selection of the same, including a small amount of Merlot from Thorevilos. Finally, on October 7, Cabernet Sauvignon from Las Posadas and Petit Verdot from Las Posadas were fermented together to form the final component. The resulting blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Cabernet Franc, 11% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec.
Just as in previous vintages, the Merlot is matched with the earliest ripening Cabernet Sauvignon from the upper most terraces. Two weeks later the core Cabernet component is selectively picked across the three terraced blocks. The last of the Cabernet Sauvignon was fermented along with Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot in a set of three small fermentations that echoes the wild character of this unique site. 2014 Thorevilos is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Cabernet Franc, 15% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot.
Available early 2019.
Howell Mountain, Las Posadas 2014
The picks at Las Posadas usually span the entire harvest. In 2014 we began early, with Malbec and small amounts of the other four varieties followed closely by another selection, this time with more Merlot and Cabernet Franc. We waited nearly three weeks before the final two tanks were filled. One fermentation was based around Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot while the other was nearly all Cabernet Sauvignon. The 13 barrels selected are a final blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 6% Malbec.
Available early 2019.
The grapes at Capella ripen much more individually than at the other three properties. In late august we were able to take most of the Merlot with a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon. Nearly three weeks later, the second selection from Cappella was nearly all Cabernet Sauvignon with a small dose of Cabernet Franc. Finally, in early October, the 0.92 acre field planted block Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were harvested with the last of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Od the three fermentations, 12 barrels were selected for the final blend of 72@ Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot.
Madrona Ranch 2014
The first grapes harvested from Madrona Ranch came off of eleven different block and were fermented together to form the first component of the 2014 final blend. The Cabernet Franc from the upper terraces of the ranch formed the base of the next two picks, amply complemented by Petit Verdot. The final three fermentations featured Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the base of the ranch. These stalwart old vines add nobility and structure to the final blend of 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 27% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, 7% Merlot.