For the past 40 years, Vine Cliff Winery has produced limited quantities of ultra-premium, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville AVA.? Vine Cliff Vineyard encompasses a hundred acre estate with various elevations and terraced slope orientations that range from valley floor to a bench vineyard at 680 feet elevation. Our Cabernet Sauvignon are reflective of our unique and highly acclaimed?terroir?and made in a balanced style with layer upon layer of subtlety and complexity.
Gentle fruit handling, small lot fermentations, and attention to quality are the rule for producing great Cabernet at Vine Cliff. Our grapes are hand-picked at night or in the early morning to give us cold fruit for processing. Careful winemaking, gentle techniques, and limited processing all contribute to wines that express the terroir of the Vine Cliff Estate. Our historic Oakville Estate vineyard consists of 25 acres, reaching up steep hillside terraces to the flat rocky red soil of the ?Oakville Bench? at 400 feet above the valley floor. Vine Cliff Cabernet Sauvignon's first vintage in the modern era was the 1990. Since then, it has garnered high scores for every vintage.
The Private Stock name and logo are respectful of the original late 1800?s wine that earned recognition as the premier wine of Napa Valley. Today we honor that history by using that label for the very limited best of the best that our vineyard produces each year. In years past there were 16 rows of vines in the mountain bench vineyard that consistently produced the best lots of Cabernet Sauvignon. While those rows required replanting, the memory of 16 Rows remains on the label.