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In 2004 we met Michael and Susan Klopka who had lovingly planted a small Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard near the top of Diamond Mountain in the northern end of Napa Valley. One look at the porous, red volcanic soils, and the exposure to the cool afternoon breezes coming all the way from Lake Sonoma, we were convinced that this had the makings of an outstanding Cabernet vineyard. The northwest hillside exposure provides plenty of hang?time, and the long, sunny days slowly ripen the grapes to perfection.
The first year the vineyard produced wine was 2004 and each year we have seen very dark and rich wines, with intense black cherry and black olive aromas and layers of velvety currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit in the mouth. Stunning and remarkably elegant, they exhibit a dense core of fleshy, black fruit. These wines are immaculately balanced that finish long and complex with firm, integrated tannins.
We have presented the 2007 and 2008 SummitVine Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon (barrel samples) at the last two Napa Valley Vintners “Premiere” Auctions. These trade only events held annually in February give the members of the wine trade from around the world a first look and the opportunity to bid on some of Napa’s best wines. We have been very gratified by the extremely positive comments the wines have received as well as the high bids, surpassing many better known and higher priced wines.