Alcohol : 14,8%
Grape(s) : Cabernet Sauvignon
Localisation : Napa Valley, California, United States
Tasting Notes : The 2016 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of black cherry, cassis and forest floor. With considerable personality, this estate Cabernet is elegantly layered and complex wine with a complexity of dark fruits, spice, leather and graphite.
94 Points Vinous : White Rock's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a powerful, structured wine that is going to need at least a few years to soften and start coming together. Today, the tannins remain imposing, but behind all of that heft lies a core of super-expressive fruit that is just waiting to emerge. Iron, smoke, chocolate, grilled herbs and crushed rocks add myriad shades of nuance to this beautifully chiseled, brooding Cabernet from White Rock.
The Domain : Originally a land grant to Salvador Vallejo, the original parcel was purchased by Dr. Pettingill in 1870. Dr. Pettingill was a globetrotter and bon vivant but he is also known to have been a dentist, brewer, winemaker, and horse breeder; a character bigger than life, impassioned by science and the land. The vineyard he planted was one of the earliest plantings in Napa Valley. In 1871, using only a hand saw to cut the white rock he quarried from the property, he constructed a winery in which he would process 7,000 gallons of wine per year. Dr. Pettingill also designed two cellars, where he began the tradition of bottle ageing his wine for 4 years before release- a method we still proudly practice at White Rock.
Henri and Claire purchased the property in 1977 and set to work restoring the winery to its original glory.