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Allocated Wines

Volker Eisele Family Estate creates enticing wines from the Chiles Valley District of the Napa Valley. Organically farmed since 1974, the Estate produces wines of uncommon balance and finesse. Long, cool growing seasons, rigorous thinning and harvesting of mature grape clusters yields fruit of robust acidity and wines of great complexity.
…unmistakable elegance and impeccable balance.— Robert Parker Jr.

 

2012 Las Flores, Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for the Las Flores, Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a section of our vineyard called the Las Flores block, named by the Nevarez family, which has been farming the land with us since 1974. The mustard that grows in the Las Flores block every spring, blooms a more brilliant yellow in this field than anywhere else within our vineyard.

Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: The grapes were harvested October 8, 2012 with 25.4 degrees average brix, 0.64 total acidity, and 3.52pH

Oak Aging: 20 months in 50% new French oak barrels from Treuil cooperage (i.e. Ailler and Troncais).

Organic: All fruit is organically grown in our estate vineyard.

In the glass, the wine is deeply burgundy in color, hinting at its depth of flavor. Aromas of blueberry, black currant, spicy black plum present on the nose, with a touch of oaky smokiness and subtle star anise. In the mouth, the wine immediately reveals its expressive breadth, with bold, yet creamy, tannins layering well with flavors of espresso, black plum, cassis, and sweetly charred oak. The length of the finish is pronounced, with a lovely sweet smoke and light vanilla persisting long after the wine is gone.
~Molly Lyman, Winemaker

Darker forest floor notes and a richer, broader style are found in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Las Flores. Its inky, opaque ruby/purple color is followed by a wine with good acidity, sweet tannin and a broader, richer, fuller style than its siblings. However, it still retains good elegance. Drink it over the next 10-12 years.
94 – Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate

$80 / 750ml

 

 
 

2012 Sievers Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit for the Sievers Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a section of our vineyard called the Canyon Block. The seven acre canyon was originally planted to vines in the late 1800’s by German pioneer, Francis Sievers.

Isolated from the rest of the vineyard by the extreme topography of this block, the canyon is a steep ravine following the course of one of the vineyard’s seasonal creeks. While yields are low, our neighborhood black bear finds the quality to be irresistible, and is known to sample the ripening berries.

Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: The grapes were harvested October 5, 2012 with 25.8 degrees average brix, 0.65 total acidity, and 3.54pH

Oak Aging: 21 months in 50% new French oak barrels from Treuil cooperage (i.e. Ailler and Troncais).

Organic: All fruit is organically grown in our estate vineyard.

The grapes fermented with twice daily punch downs for gentle flavor and tannin extraction. The wine was pressed off the skins after 10 days of fermentation, and sent to barrel to age for 20 months. 50% new French oak barrels were used, adding spice and structure to the wine.

In the glass, the Sievers Reserve is a rich purplish red. Aromas of blackberry, cassis, milk chocolate, and smoky espresso jump from the glass. In the mouth, the wine presents as broad-shouldered and layered, with blackberry, cassis, black cherry, dark roasted coffee, and subtle lavender mingling with mouth-filling tannins. The finish is smoky and long.
~Molly Lyman, Winemaker

A deep ruby/purple color, chocolate and cassis notes, and medium to full-bodied power characterize the soft, velvety, ripe 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Sievers Reserve.Drink the Sievers Reserve over the next 10-12 years.
91–Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate

$80  / 750ml

 

 
 

2012 Alexander, Cabernet Sauvignon

On the slopes of Volker Eisele Family Estate, Alexander, the second generation Eisele to tend the vineyard, has developed his passion for perfection. He understands that quality begins with each individual vine. It is with a unique two acre hillside block, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1976 that he has reached the ultimate, producing the spectacular fruit which goes into the Alexander wine. While yields are low due to precise cluster selection, the quality is extraordinarily high.

Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest: The grapes were harvested October 3, 2012 with 25.1 degrees average brix, 0.59 total acidity, and 3.58pH

Oak Aging: 21 months in 70% new and 30% one year old French oak barrels; Never, Aillier, and Troncais from Treuil.

Organic: All fruit is organically grown in our estate vineyard.

In the glass, the Alexander is a deep hue of burgundy, with subtle red undertones. Fresh aromas of blueberries, cassis, and black cherry compliment the saddle leather and sweet pipe smoke that give this wine its characteristic distinction. In the mouth, the wine quickly shows its unparalleled elegance, with broad, smooth, creamy tannins that support a dense and finessed matrix of blackberry, cassis, and smoky barrel spice. The lightly smoky finish is lengthy and soft. This is a wine not to be missed.
~Molly Lyman, Winemaker

I enjoyed the mulberry, blueberry and black cherry fruit found in the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander. Sweet tannin, an opulent, medium to full-bodied mouthfeel and impressive purity make for a classy, finesse-styled but substantial Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the next 10-15 years.
92 –Robert Parker Jr., Wine Advocate

$125  / 750ml