Saint Helena was created to promote estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon that appeals to curious and cultured wine buyers looking beyond big wine brands for new discoveries.They make wines for people who collect and enjoy rare items for personal indulgence. This week we had the pleasure of tasting through their lineup of cabernets. And our tasting panel rated every last one 95 points!
About Saint Helena Winery
Saint Helena Winery was founded in 2000. Winemakers Aaron Pott and Lindsey Wallingford guide the creation of three estate Cabernet Sauvignons, a Chardonnay and a few very small lots of estate specialties. When you open a bottle of their wine, you are experiencing something few people will ever know – a wine reflecting the craft of a small-but-stellar team of farmers and winemakers and a unique place in Napa Valley.
Experience the Wines of Saint Helena Winery
The Wine Robert Parker called a “game changer”
Aromas evoke notions of German chocolate cake with notes of cherry, coconut and chocolate integrated with hints of toffee, marzipan and malty grains. The wine has rich density with flavors of blueberry, black cherry and fresh fig. The finish concludes the sensory journey with lingering notes of fig and cocoa. Structured tannins will help this wine develop nicely in bottle through the mid 2020s, and this wine is delightful earlier with some aeration.
Generous aromatics with a savory variety of, cola, walnut, earth, floral and fennel notes. Robust flavors framed by “grippy” tannins. The tannins stay present on a long, balanced finished. Aaron Pott often uses French phrases when describing subtle nuances in wine – he called the tannins on the finish, “enrober,” meaning tannins-in-robes…
The Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Once in a while, with extraordinary vintages, a special lot of wine is discovered in the cellar. Winemakers Aaron Pott and Lindsey Wallingford strive to select no more than four barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon during these extraordinary vintages to create our estate’s most dense, intense and age-worthy wine.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Reserve, made under the consulting assistance of Aaron Pott, certainly performed quite well. Dense purple, with notes of graphite, créme de cassis and blackberry as well as loamy soil/forest floor notes in the background, it is long, rich, opulent and can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years.
Meet the Winemakers of Saint Helena Winery
AARON POTT (consulting winemaker)
Aaron Pott studied enology at the University of California-Davis and became assistant winemaker at Newton under John Kongsgaard, a winemaker he credits as his first great mentor. With a desire to make wine in France and with encouragement from international oenologist Michel Rolland, Aaron became winemaker at Château Troplong-Mondot, a Premier Grand Cru Classe, and later at Chateau La Tour Figeac, a Grand Cru Classe from Saint-Émilion. In addition to his winemaking responsibilities, he earned a master’s degree in Viticulture from the Universite of Bourgogne. He remained in France for nearly six years before returning to the United States. Following stints at St. Clement and Quintessa in Napa Valley, Aaron launched his own label, Pott Wine, and began a successful consulting career producing wines of distinction from select sites in Napa and Sonoma Valley. Aaron was hired by Saint Helena Winery in early 2010. In November 2012, Pott was named “Winemaker of the Year” by the highly acclaimed, Food & Wine magazine.
LINDSEY WALLINGFORD (Associate Winemaker & Vineyard Manager)
Lindsey’s early years in winemaking were spent working for wineries in Washington State, Hunter Valley, Australia, Marlborough, New Zealand, Sonoma County and Napa Valley. Lindsey has worked closely with some of the most respected winemakers and wine growers in the world, including Paul Hobbs, Michel Rolland and David Abreu. Most recently, Lindsey worked for Napa Valley’s Bryant Family Vineyard and Screaming Eagle.