2016 TEXTBOOK Oakville District
Cabernet Sauvignon "Mise en place"

Textbook Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon

93 POINTS - OUTSTANDING! - Jeb Dunnuck

92 POINTS - EXCELLENT! - James Suckling


  • Superbly mature and well-drained sites adjacent to several cult wineries in Oakville. Cabernet Sauvignon site on rocky, east-side of Oakville District AVA. Merlot site is on west-side of Oakville, near To-Kalon.
  • Classic Bordelaise winemaking (blended varietals, new French oak, egg-white fining) partnered with beautiful Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot provides a spectacular result. Unfiltered.
  • Very rare, only 180 magnum 1.5L bottles made
  • 1.5L available in 6 pack case if desired.

Price: $172 per bottle 1.5L bottle

Shipping and handling included at no charge on 6+ bottles!


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"The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Mise en Place” from Oakville is unquestionably the star of the show and checks in as 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Merlot brought up in 50% new French oak. It reveals a healthy purple color as well as a ripe, sexy bouquet of plums, black cherries, charcuterie, and leafy herbs. With medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannin, and a mouthfilling texture, it’s a seamless Oakville Cabernet that can be drunk today or cellared for 10-15 years."
- Jeb Dunnuck

"An array of rich dark-plum, blueberry and chocolate aromas leading to a palate that has a very supple, even and smoothly rendered textural quality. Long, ripe and plush finish. Excellent!"
- James Suckling

"Blended with 13% Merlot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Mise en Place opens with florals over cassis, black cherries and earth plus a tobacco hint. Medium to full-bodied and chewy, the palate has a good core of youthful fruit and an earthy finish."
- The Wine Advocate


Vintage 2016 was unseasonably cool and led to late bud break and later than normal harvest. Modest shatter occurred but not to the extent of 2015 and so while harvest was smaller than average, we look at it as quite normal. The longer season allowed for perfect flavor development in Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot across Oakville.


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 voluptuous Merlot. The terrain is characterized by steep hills that bask in warm afternoons, offering ideal growing environments. 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. In 2016 we also used a Pellenc sorter to deliver only pristine berries to the fermenter. Cabernet Sauvignon came in at an average of 26.6 Brix and was subsequently cold soaked for four days in open-top, temperature-controlled fermenters. We let the prevailing yeasts from the vineyard start the fermentation. Two daily punch-downs during fermentation kept the caps immersed and extracted superb flavor and structure. After thirty-one 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 supple Oakville Merlot from the westside foothills added generous 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 unfiltered so it may throw a harmless deposit.

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.CABERNET SAUVIGNONOAKVILLE - NAPA VALLEYMISE en PLACEESTD.MMIVMISE en PLACE


Regional Composition: 100% Oakville District AVA
Varietal Composition: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon (Heritage Clone & 4 & 337), 11% Merlot
pH: 3.65
TA: 0.64 g/100mL

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