About Abreu Vineyards
For over 30 years, David Abreu has painstakingly cultivated a style of winemaking in the Napa Valley that focuses on the vineyards, soils and fruit, and has deservedly gained him iconic status in the Valley. Born and bred in the Napa Valley, he produces iconic, single vineyard wines from his 28 hectares of vineyard.
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 truly exceptional, and another just great.
Five wines are produced, all in very small quantities. Madrona Ranch, Thorevilos, Capella and Las Posadas are single vineyards and Rothwell Hyde is a blend of all sites. Low yields, two sortings and co-fermentation by varietal and vineyard block are what makes these wines truly unique; 100 barrels are refined down to only 12,000 bottles.
Rothwell Hyde Estate 2017
Three primary components comprise the 2017 Rothwell Hyde.
The first pick on September 9th included small portions of six different blocks at Madrona Ranch along with Cabernet Sauvignon with Thorevilos and Merlot and Malbec from Las Posadas. A cabernet Sauvignon focused fermentation was formed from all four single vineyard sites on September 25th. Near the end of the vintage, on October 1st, a fermentation of equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, bridged between Madrona Ranch and Cappella, completed the foundation of the wine.
Together, the 2017 Rothwell Hyde is a blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec.
A heavy gravel composition gives a signature texture in the tannin to the Capella. Three picks on the 23rd September, 30th September and 3rd October formed the building blocks of this vintage.
A total of 13 barrels were produced, with a final blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot.
Thorevilos vineyard sits at an elevation of 600 feet, between Howell Mountain and Conn Valley, on the hills above St. Helena. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot are planted perpendicular to the terraced vines on the lower slopes, allowing a beautiful variety in grape to combine with the dominant Cabernet Sauvignon.
Final blend of 15 barrels was 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot and 11% Merlot.
Las Posadas 2008 (Magnum)
With an elevation around 2000 ft, one of the highest on Howell Mountain, Las Posadas has a completely unique micro-climate.
The final blend comprised 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot and 9% Merlot.
Madrona Ranch 2008 (Magnum)
David Abreu’s first property, the diversity of soil types has allowed for some of the most expressive wines in the Napa Valley. Despite a profound fruit intensity and sheer tannic structure, the 2008 Madrona Ranch is wonderfully balance and refined.
Final blend is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Cabernet Franc, with 8% Petit Verdot and Merlot.