Wolf Family St Helena
The Wolfs acquired the historic old Inglewood estate and winery in 1997. The vineyard comprises Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1996 and just 0.4 ha (1 acre) of Cabernet Franc, established in the mid-80s. Total output is tiny at just over 600 cases. The vineyards are naturally low-yielding and the crop rarely comes in much above 3 tons to the acre, without recourse to crop thinning. Both wines are in the exuberant high-alcohol style of modern Napa. The Cabernet Franc, which includes a little Cabernet Sauvignon is aged in a sizeable proportion of new wood and is vatted for just over two weeks. The dark and spicy black fruit has a subtle leafy undercurrent from the Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon sees a little more new oak and is macerated for around a week longer. The dark black fruit also has a pronounced minty undercurrent. Both wines are in a lighter, more elegant and less extracted style than many of their peers and will benefit from 4 or 5 years’ ageing. A second label Phaedrus is produced from the youngest vines and a tiny amount of Sauvignon Blanc is also made. (DM)
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