#10 Wine of 2016: 2010 Harris Estate ‘Lakeview Vineyard’ Cabernet

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OUR #10 Wine of 2016

2010 Harris Estate ‘Lakeview Vineyard’

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  Napa Valley | Wine Spectrum 95+

Harris Estate Lakeview Vineyard LabelRobert Parker Rated 95: The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Lakeview Vineyard is another standout. Here the fruit is so intense and textured that the tannins are virtually unnoticeable. Black cherries, tar, menthol, savory herbs and iron are some of the many notes that seem to explode from the glass. Despite the wine’s opulence, there is plenty of tension and vibrancy to support the fruit. The 2010 boasts tremendous balance, not to mention tons of pure appeal. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.

“I was deeply struck with the wines I tasted from Harris Estate Vineyards this year. The vineyards are located on the lower slopes of Diamond Mountain. Three separate blocks correspond to the Jake’s Creek, Lakeview and Treva’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2010s have turned out as good or better than I hoped based on last year’s tastings from barrel.” ~ Robert Parker Jr.

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Harris Estate Vineyards are a small producer of premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from the Calistoga AVA. They have three estate-grown vineyards planted in the diverse terrain of our 48-acre property. The wines from these vineyards are crafted by their winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and perfectly reflect the terroir of the Franz Valley area. Once a private boys school, our sprawling property offers a glimpse into the hard work and dedication they have put forth into Harris Estate Vineyards. The vineyards and wine have become a true way of living for them and they hope to share it with you.



David and Linda Jenkins began their life with wine through twenty year of trips to the wine regions of France, Italy, and California. After years of searching for just the right vineyard property, they finally took the plunge and acquired Harris Estate Vineyards in May of 2014. Novices to the entire business of wine, David and Linda are enthusiastic not only with a quest for knowledge, but a strong desire to seek new horizons and friends. David and Linda proudly stand by their vineyard specific, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon wines as among the best produced in Napa Valley.


THOMAS RIVERS BROWN, WINEMAKER (Learn more about Thomas Rivers Brown)

Thomas PhotoThomas Brown was born in Sumter, South Carolina in 1972, a marginal vintage for wine, but a great year for humans. He developed an interest in wine while majoring in English and Economics at the University of Virginia. Later, he expanded his knowledge of wines from all of the world’s great regions while working at All Seasons Wine Shop in Calistoga at the northern end of the Napa Valley.

He worked the 1997 harvest for Kent Rasmussen before becoming an assistant winemaker for Ehren Jordan, winemaker at Turley Wine Cellars and consultant to a number of other high profile California wineries. Today, Thomas consults for Outpost, Maybach, Schrader, and Revana in addition to his own Pinot Noir project, Rivers-Marie. Beyond California, Thomas is a fan of Burgundy, Piedmont and the southern Rhone. When asked how he defines great wine, he responds, “I can’t really define it, but I know it when I taste it.”



Josh Photo

Joshua T. Clark was born in Marysville, California, the heart and/or soul of Yuba County. His parents Thomas and Laurie Clark moved to Napa Valley in 1976. Happily, they brought the two-year old Joshua with them. In 1989, the Clark Family purchased 117 acres developing 20 into a high quality Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Like his parents Joshua attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, graduating with a BS in Agricultural Engineering Technology and a Minor in Ag Business.

After school he worked for Hames Valley Vineyards and Vineyard Professional Services in Paso Robles, CA. After managing development, maintenance and harvest for VPS during the ’97 and ’98 vintages, Joshua moved back up the Napa Valley to take over his father’s vineyard management company Clark Vineyard Management, specializes in small, high quality vineyards and currently manages a number of vineyards and also grows top quality fruit for some of the Valley’s more established producers. In 1993, the family produced their first vintage under the Clark-Claudon Vineyards label.

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