From the vine to the bottle, the wine-growing and winemaking at Vine Cliff Winery comes under the watchful and caring eye of Rob Sweeney. He is involved in making every vintage and varietal produced here, bringing a hands-on style and familiarity with the estate that insure that we always meet our singular mandate – to produce the best possible wine every vintage.
Nell Sweeney purchased the winery for her family in 1985. As Proprietress, Nell has been the vision and the driving force behind the winery’s development and has worked closely with eldest son Rob to regain Vine Cliff’s position as a leader in the production of superior Napa Valley wines.
I ventured north to Napa for our Foodie Chap chat. We sat in the garden at the recently opened Vine Cliff Winery in St. Helena.
Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Our philosophy is that most of our winemaking takes place in the vineyard, and this, our signature cabernet, is the perfect example. Showcasing the best of the Oakville appellation, this signature wine balances fruit and structure, yielding incredible depth and complexity. More unexpected is the suppleness of the tannins and overall level of approachability. If you’re interested in a complex, focused wine that can be enjoyed while young, yet rewards patience, the Oakville Estate is for you.
Aroma: Strikingly layered aromas of mocha, cassis, anise, black currants, blueberry and black cherry.
Palate: Flavors of blackberry jam and boysenberry, with silken tannins and an elegant finish.
This full flavored and fruit forward Cabernet Sauvignon is great with grilled meats, game, or on its own.