2017 was an outstanding growing season in Napa Valley particularly for fruit grown on the Valley Floor. After a few years of nominal rainfall, the 2017 winter storms re-charged the ground water and filled the reservoirs providing ample water for the vines to flourish. The growing season began with cool, mild weather, but the summer warmed up nicely and stayed warm. Our vines grew beautiful leaf canopies to shade the bountiful grape clusters as they ripened. With a warmer than normal summer, the grapes matured earlier than usual and winemaker Jason Moulton harvested the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes at optimal flavors throughout September and into early October.
Whitehall Lane presents a 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that was blended with Family and Friends in mind. It’s a wine for celebrations and great times. This wine is a beautifully balanced blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot from grapes grown on the valley floor and aged in 35% new French oak.
This wine has a gorgeous depth of color and is loaded with aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry and plum that are nicely framed by toasty oak. The pleasing, smooth finish goes on and on. Enjoy this wine today with friends and family.
Whitehall Lane is a small, family owned winery in Napa Valley's historic Rutherford appellation. Estate vineyards are comprised of approximately 140 acres of prime Valley-floor vineyards including the Leonardini Vineyard in St. Helena.
Whitehall Lane has received accolades and awards for producing some of the greatest wines in the world. In Wine Spectator Magazine's year-end ranking of wines, Whitehall Lane has been honored an unprecedented three times in five years for producing wines rated among the top five in the world. The winery has also been voted Winery of the Year from the Quarterly Review of Wines and Wine and Spirits Magazine.
Whitehall Lane was founded in 1979 but the history of the soil cultivation dates back two centuries. In the mid 1800's, Napa Valley settlers were drawn to the deep, loamy soils and ideal climate, planting high quality grape vines at the Whitehall Lane Winery site. A barn constructed in the early 1900's for equipment storage is still used today. In 1979, two brothers started the winery and directed their winemaking efforts successfully to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They named the winery after the road that runs along the south border of the property, Whitehall Lane.
In 1993, the Leonardini Family of San Francisco took control of the Whitehall Lane estate. They updated the winemaking, instituted a new barrel-aging program and continued sourcing the finest vineyards. What started with only one vineyard is now seven prime vineyards that are the cornerstone on which the wines are made and include the Whitehall Lane Estate Vineyard, Millenium MM Vineyard and Bommarito Vineyard in the Rutherford Appellation, the Leonardini Vineyard and Fawn Park Vineyard in St. Helena, Oak Glen Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District and Rassi VIneyard in Sonoma. The Estate Vineyard is 25 acres of "Rutherford Dust" offering beautiful Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The Millenium MM Vineyard offers outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon fruit while the Bommarito Vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The Leonardini Vineyard is 14 acres of gravely soil yielding powerful Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and elegant yet intense Merlot grapes that go into the "Leonardini Vineyard" vineyard-designated wine. The Fawn Park Vineyard is on a gentle slope of Eastern hillside and produces intense Cabernet Sauvignon. The 25-acre Oak Glen Vineyard produces flavorful Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
In its short history, Whitehall Lane has developed into a world-class winery. The efforts of the Leonardini Family are evident in the recent run of accolades from wine publications but are even more apparent in the beautifully made, elegant wines they continue to make.
|Winery||Whitehall Lane Winery|
|Varietal(s)||75% Cabernet Sauvignon 25% Merlot|