Heimark Vineyard is a celebration of the fruit exclusively sourced from their family-owned vineyard. The vineyard is located in Dutch Henry Canyon on the east side of the Silverado Trail, a historic wagon trail connecting the small towns of Calistoga and Napa and originally frequented by gold prospectors and highwaymen. As the first to plant on this pristine Napa Valley vineyard site, the Heimark family has nurtured this land for over twenty years. The site rests upon an ancient landslide framed by forest, overlooking the valley floor. Misty mountain mornings and golden sunsets reward the southwest-facing sloped vineyard, creating a distinct microclimate. Wild turkey, California black bear, and mule deer roam the property and are sometimes spotted stealing grapes or sunbathing at the vineyard’s natural reservoir.
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, Cornell and her own Drinkward Peschon winery, and is an integral part of the winemaking team at Accendo Cellars.
Heimark 2019 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon,
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Vinous – Anthony Galloni 97 Points: “The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as quite closed following its bottling a few months ago. This feels a bit lighter than the 2018. Some of that may be attributable to the year, or perhaps a shift to one of the blocks on the property with Clone 337 Cabernet, which often yields wines with red/purplish fruit character and pronounced floral nuances. That’s not a bad thing though, as the 2019 is an especially refined, understated wine. I imagine it will come alive beautifully with a few years in the bottle. My most recent tasting suggests that is already starting to happen. The 2019 is a total stunner.”
Winemaker Notes: “The aromatics of the 2019 Heimark Cabernet Sauvignon are slow to unfold. Yet after some time in the glass, notes of anise, clove, wild thyme, and dusty dried sage emerge, giving way to a strong vein of minerality that, in turn, ushers in dark, brooding aromas of blackberry and mulberry. On the palate, inky black fruit with beads of bright acidity draws you in, and the tannins, so refined, melt away quietly. This vintage is, at its core, balanced and without any sharp edges, a wine of quiet confidence, of pure elegance and poise. The acidity fits meticulously within the frame of the wine, each moment leading effortlessly into the next, each sip revealing another layer of its sophisticated and graceful personality. The pedigree of this site is apparent, and even in its youth, it is clear that the 2019 Heimark is an instant classic.“
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