VHR, Vine Hill Ranch
Since 1959, Vine Hill Ranch has farmed the finest Cabernet Sauvignon winegrapes for leading Napa Valley vintners. The inaugural release of the 2008 VHR, Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is the culmination of the Phillips family's evolution from grapegrowing to winemaking over three generations. Understanding the individual nuances and traits of each of their seven vineyard blocks, tucked along the wooded hills of the Mayacamas Mountain Range in Oakville, the Phillips family set out to create a hand-crafted wine that reflects the best that the vineyard offers year after year. Vineyard Manager Michael Wolf and Winemaker Francoise Peschon carefully steward forward a wine that reflects the essence of Vine Hill Ranch. The fruit from the higher vineyard blocks exude an earthy, forest floor chaparral quality-the sloping grade, gravelly soil and most mature vines produce intense, concentrated and expressive black fruit. Blocks on the lower benchland, with its deep, loamy soils and younger vines, yield bright fruit flavors and fine tannins full of verve and energy. A true wine of place.