V. Vineyards is located on the Sonoma County side of Spring Mountain, sitting at approximately 1800 feet elevation in the Mayacamas Mountains, one mile from the Napa County line. The AVA is Sonoma County. Nearby vineyards include Pride Mountain Estate, Fisher Estate Vineyards (Sonoma County), Paloma, Barnett Vineyards and other Spring Mountain AVA vineyard estates.
Highly limited production, handcrafted small lot wines, there are currently five blocks over 5 acres of the estate vines. Varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon (predominant), Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Planted 2007, to rootstock 420A and 101-14, Clones 4, 7 and 337 (CS). Soil composition is primarily Loam and ash, with excellent drainage.
The elevation of V. Vineyards affords a slightly cooler growing climate which allows the aromas and tannins to ripen along with the sugars, while protecting the acidity of the fruit, resulting in optimum structural balance and an elegant profile to the wine.
The uniqueness of this high elevation, sloping vineyard allows the vines to grow under well drained, sloped soils to be naturally limited in it’s vigor, therefore producing small highly concentrated berries year after year. Every task in the Vineyard from pruning, to suckering, to leafing, to green dropping and finishing with harvest is done by hand by the same crew since planting to ensure consistency and the highest quality possible.
Winemaker Jean Hoefliger.
Mr. Hoefliger is currently Winemaker and General Manager of Bouchaine Napa Valley, along with Winemaker Michel Rolland. Born and raised in Switzerland, his initial experience took him from Switzerland to Bordeaux, and South Africa, making wine at the esteemed estates of Chateau Lynch-Bages, Chateau Carbonnieux and Meerlust. Prior to joining Bouchaine, Jean spent a few years as Winemaker for Alpha Omega, and before that he spent five years with Newton Vineyards. In addition to V. Vineyards, Mr. Hoefliger consults for a number of other renowned local and international wine projects including Decades 5, MR (Michel Rolland), Armanino Family Cellars, Clark-Claudon, Speratus Wines, and others.
Jean’s winemaking decisions are based solely on taste, starting in the vineyards and continuing through fermentation. Jean brings the true character of the vine and the terroir into the wine by making naturally fermented, unfined and unfiltered wines that show elegance, finesse and the capacity to age.
V. Vineyards wines are currently being produced, barrel aged and bottled at Alpha Omega Winery, Rutherford, CA.
Sonoma Valley. The 2015 Owl's Rock Vineyard, Cabernet Franc is 100% Cabernet Franc. 100% barrel fermented and 100% Malolactic Fermentation. Aged 26 months in 80% new French Oak. The alcohol content is 14.7%
Color: Deep, shiny eggplant with touches of cranberry on the rim
On the Nose: Explosion of spices and herbs, such as Tarragon, bay leaf, thyme & rosemary, evolving on fresh blueberries, milk chocolate and black pepper
On the Palate: Soft and velvety entrance evolving on a silky and fruity mid-palate, evolving on granular tannins with touches of fresh plums, macerated raspberries, elderberries and dried cranberries
94 Points - James Suckling
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Sonoma Valley. The 2015 Audace is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 9% Cabernet Franc. 75% barrel fermented. Left 18-21 days on skins. Aged 20 months in 75% new French Oak. The alcohol content is 14.1%
James Suckling, 94 Points: "A firm and silky red with blackberry and blueberry character. Full-bodied, yet tight and focused with an extremely pretty texture and great precision. Pretty wine. Drink in 2020."
Jeb Dunnuck, 94 points: "A step up over the 2014, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon has more mid-palate depth, as well as ripe tannin. Offering similar notes of blueberries, blackberries, crushed rock, violets and earth, with just a touch of background oak, this full-bodied effort carries plenty of underlying structure, good purity of fruit, and a great finish. Give it 2-3 years and enjoy over the following two decades."
92 Points - James Suckling
91 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
The 2015 V. Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon consists of 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Merlot. Left 21 days on the skins. 100% barrel fermented ~ Aged for 20 months in 75% new French Oak. The alcohol content is 14.1%
Color: Shiny and brilliant dark cherry with touches of mahogany and amber on the rim.
On the Nose: Truffle salt, rosemary, tarragon, dark chocolate, soap, red cherry, black currant and violet.
On the Palate: Silky but structured entrance evolving on a fresh mid-palate with touches of lilac, apple, red currant, Mirabelle plum, lingering tannins and peaches.
James Suckling, 92 Points: "A juicy and ripe cabernet with blackcurrants and soft, slightly chewy tannins, which give this medium- to full-bodied wine form and freshness. Drink or hold."
Jeb Dunnuck, 91 Points: "Cut from the same cloth as the 2014, yet with its foot pushed firmly on the gas pedal, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard is an uber ripe, decadent 2015 that gives up lots of plum, graphite, saddle leather, lavender and cedar aromas and flavors. Despite it’s over the top style on the nose, it remains nicely balanced and enjoyable on the palate, with loads of fruit, a big, plump, rounded texture, and fine tannin. It has a lot of baby fat, as well as tannin, on the finish, and should keep for 15 years or more."
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Color: Deep dark black ink with touches of Ferrari red and magenta
On the Nose: Beautiful cedar, pencil shavings, graphite with touches of blueberry pie, black cherries, black pepper, geranium, cassis, licorice, dark chocolate, black olive and slate.
On the Palate: Beautiful silky entrance evolving on acidic and fine framed tannins with touches of violet, blackberry preserve and lilac.
Jeb Dunnuck, 93 Points: "The flagship cuvee is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Audace, which normally includes small amounts of Merlot and Cabernet Franc raised in 80% new French oak. The 2014 has a gorgeous bouquet of blueberries, blackcurrants, cedarwood, spice and dried flowers. This carries to a very pretty, polished, elegant 2014 that has the vintages purity, suppleness, and polish front and center. Drink it anytime over the coming 20+ years."
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Franc. 100% barrel fermented and barrel aged for 22 months on 80% new French Oak. The alcohol content is 14.4%
Color: Deep dark ruby with mashed strawberries and Ferrari red on the rim
On the nose: Strong fruit like Cassis, Cranberries, strawberries and cherries with touches of clay, rosemary, paprika lingering on chocolate, lavender and tobacco
On the palate: Soft entrance evolving on present silky tannins with some ripe red fruit like red currant, red cherries and touches of coriander and juniper berries.
The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% barrel fermented and barrel aged for 29 months in 80% new French Oak. A variety of cooperages were featured including Tonnellerie Ermitage, Taransaud, Tonnellerie Vicard, Tonnellerie Baron and others. The alcohol content is 14.3%.
Color: Deep dark cranberry with hints of velvety red and purple
On the nose: Explosion of fruit like strawberries, cassis with touches of spices like basil, tarragon, tomato sauce lingering on Vanilla, cherry and pumpkin bread
On the palate: Soft velvety entrance evolving on tannins with soft dense fruit like black cherries, boysenberries lingering on plums, lavender and lilac.