2015 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon "Mise en place," Oakville District, Napa Valley

92 POINTS, OUTSTANDING - James Suckling

Textbook Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Superbly mature and well-drained Cabernet site on rocky east-side of Oakville District AVA, next door to Screaming Eagle. Merlot site is on east-side, next to Paradigm, near To-Kalon and down the hill from Harlan.
  • Classic Bordelaise winemaking (blended varietals, new French oak, egg-white fining) partnered with beautiful Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot provides a spectacular result.

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Price: $65 per bottle 750ml bottle

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"The 2015 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon “Mise en Place” is deep garnet-purple in color with red and black currants, black cherries and herbs aromas with touches of forest floor and lavender. Taut and purely fruited, with firm, fine-grained tannins and great freshness, it offers compelling red and black fruit layers. Outstanding!"
- Robert ParkerThe Wine Advocate

"Captures all of the sensuality of Oakville! The 2015 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon “Mise en Place” is expressive, silky, open-knit and sensual and shows off striking balance and nuance in a style that captures all of the sensuality of Oakville. Drink this voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon over the next handful of years. Outstanding, a wine of remarkable personality and breed and worth seeking out."
- Antonio Galloni, Vinious

"Aromas of walnuts, bark and dark fruit follow through to a medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Lovely fruit to this."
- James Suckling

"Dark cherry, mocha, plum, French oak, spice and new leather all flesh out in the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Mise en Place. Silky, open-knit and gracious, with no hard edges, the 2014 will drink nicely upon release and for at least several years beyond. Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out."
- Antonio Galloni, Vinious

"This attention-getting Cabernet comes from the rocky edges of the Oakville district at a site next door to Screaming Eagle, a steep-hilled area renowned for superb, richly-textured Cabernet Sauvignon. To soften the wine slightly, the Peys harvest Merlot from a site clsoe to Paradigm and To Kalon. Made from heritage clones of Cabernet, clones 4 and 337, and 10% Merlot, this wine sees 50% new French oak for 21 months. Blackberry and graphite dominate the aromas and flavors, but it's the stout and steadfast texture, amped up by muscular tannins, that makes this unmistakably textbook Oakville Cab."
- Laura Ness, The Good Life Collection, Holiday Guide 2017


The start of Vintage 2015 was unseasonably warm in early Spring and this led to earlier than normal bud break. That combined with some severe frosts led to uneven flowering and a small “set”. Precipitation was at 75% of normal, so the drought persisted. A very early harvest started things off, and it seemed to last forever. Quality is very high, but the cluster count and berry sizes were very small so 2015 is one of the smallest harvests in recent years.


Our “Mise en place” Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two very special single-vineyard sites located on the extreme eastern and western sides of the Oakville District abutting the rugged and dry Vaca Mountain and verdant Mayacamas mountain ranges. These sub-sections of the Oakville AVA are renowned for superb, richly-textured Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The terrain is characterized by steep hills that bask in warm afternoons, offering an ideal growing environment. Soil profiles include gravelly alluvium (eroded off the nearby mountains) covered by gravelly loam and in some places interspersed with large boulders. They are infertile and very well-drained. Planted in the early 1980’s and 1990’s these sites clonal material include heritage selections (likely from Beaulieu Block).

Exemplary sustainable farming practices are employed in these mature sites. After veraison we culled unevenly ripened bunches which reduced yield to less than 6 pounds per vine (@ 3.1 tons/acre), low for the Oakville District.


TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot clusters were field-sorted, hand-harvested and then hand-sorted at the winery at an average of 26.3 Brix and subsequently cold soaked for five days in open-top, temperature-controlled fermenters. We let the prevailing yeasts start the fermentation. Two daily punch-downs during fermentation kept the caps immersed and extracted superb flavor and structure. After thirty-three days on their skins we gently pressed into French oak barriques where the lots completed ML fermentation over the winter. Barrels were of the highest quality; 100% French, 50% new, three-year air-dried, medium-toast with toasted heads and handcrafted by Boutes, Francois Frères and Nadalié. A touch of Oakville Merlot from the westside foothills added mouthfeel and softness and completed the classic “Bordeaux Left Bank” blend profile. Twenty-two months maturation in barrel with two rackings and one egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully balanced, yet textured mouth-feel. We bottled twenty-nine barrels.   

It is called “Mise en place” to reflect the preparation and diligence exercised in the vineyards and winery. We believe it is a “textbook” example of this noble variety grown in this outstanding appellation.


Regional Composition: 100% Oakville District AVA
Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon (Heritage Clone & 4 & 337), 10% Merlot
pH: 3.63
TA: 0.62 g/100mL

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