In 1873, Captain William Peterson came to Napa and established a pioneering winery on Hall's St. Helena property. Throughout the 1930's and 40's, the site grew to become Napa's most important winery, producing nearly 40% of its entire vintage. The fruit for "Eighteen Seventy-Three" Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the rugged mountain slopes that frame Napa Valley. Power and individuality underscore this wine, a deliberate intent to commemorate the trailblazing spirit of Napa's first vintners.
The 2011 "Eighteen Seventy-Three" exhibits a dense ruby/purple color. Made from a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot, the first aromas out of the glass are like fresh-picked blackberries, transitioning to earthy tones of autumn leaves, smoky barrel, fresh brewed coffee, and juniper. On the palate, French oak comes through and frames the strong, confident tannins with flavors of exotic spice, ripe berries and a slight minerality, leading to a long dense finish. A robust, complex concoction that is engaging to linger on. Will continue to evolve over the next decade.