The “gold” of the Heimark property lies not in the shiny metal that long-ago prospectors sought, but rather in the soil. Rocky, volcanic, and fractured, this challenging environment cultivates resilient, deeply rooted vines. The struggle that the vines endure in this terrain results in grapes of lustrous quality and intense flavors. The fruit is infused with hints of blackberry, black cherries, boysenberry, plums, cloves, and wild herbs. These singular grapes make for spirited, well-balanced red wines with great energy, natural lift, and a lengthy finish. In 1997, the vineyard development was placed in the highly skilled hands of vineyard manager Michael Wolf, viticulturist Mary Hall Maher (Etude and Harlan Estate). Fourteen acres were identified for Cabernet Sauvignon and one acre for Petit Verdot.
Since the first planting, Heimark Vineyard fruit has been highly sought after by some of the most esteemed winemakers in Napa Valley. Wines made primarily from our grapes have received multiple 100-point ratings. We are honored by the vineyard’s acclaim and excited to bring this fruit to market under our own family label with wine made exclusively from the expressive grapes of this terroir.
The wines are crafted by Françoise Peschon who was the winemaker at the fabled Araujo Estate (Eisele Vineyard) for fourteen years. She is also the winemaker at VHR, Vine Hill Ranch and Drinkward Peschon, and is an integral part of the winemaking team at Accendo Cellars.
Heimark 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Napa Valley
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Winemaker Notes: “ The 2016 Heimark Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent of wild herbs, plums, cloves, and star anise. Rich flavors of black cherries, chocolate, and thyme are supported by the wine’s classical structure and fine grained tannins, resulting in a dense, inviting wine with great energy and lift. The lengthy finish adds seductive notes of cocoa powder, blackberry, and slate.”
Vinous 97 Points: “The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is an absolutely gorgeous Calistoga Cabernet. Powerful and deep, the 2016 marries fruit intensity with energy. Gravel, iron, scorched earth, dried herbs, leather, tobacco, cedar and licorice give the 2016 striking aromatic nuance and layers of complexity. The tannins could use a few years to settle down, but the 2016 is a super impressive wine. Because it was the first year, the wine was aged in 100% new oak, which is not perceptible. The Heimarks certainly chose a great year to start.”