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A Remarkable Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir Experience

Aiken Wines is the personal project of renowned Napa Valley winemaker Joel Aiken, an evolving portfolio of site-specific Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons and Pinot Noirs from Napa, Sonoma and other vineyards selected for their ability to produce wines of character and distinction. With a career spanning over 30 years, including 27 spent at Napa Valley’s iconic Beaulieu Vineyard – Joel understands what goes into making a wine not just good, but great.

Now, with the freedom to pursue the vineyard sites and winemaking style of his choice, Joel is applying all that he has learned to wines that are the ultimate expression of his personal sensibility.

More than anything my winemaking inspiration comes from the vineyards, and over the years I’ve been lucky enough to work with some of the best. I look for sites that inspire the “aha” moment — where you say “Yes, this is the place, these are the grapes. These are the wines I want to make.” ~ Joel Aiken, Proprietor

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It is a drive for improvement that fuels Joel today as he takes everything he has learned and experienced in his 30+ years as a Napa Valley winemaker and applies it to his own brand, Aiken Wines, which he founded in 2009. Working with vineyard sites he knows are capable of producing the highest quality grapes, and with growers who share his quest for perfection, Joel produces micro-lots of site-specific Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir from Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons are what make the region famous. Let Aiken WInes show you why this is true.

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96 pts – 2014 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the west side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and...
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95 pts. – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

The superstar in the portfolio is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, which comes entirely from the well-known Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. Aged in 100% new French oak, it's not a big cuvée (only 105 cases), but exhibits a dense purple color and a beautiful...
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92 pts, two puffs – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

The superstar in the portfolio is the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford, which comes entirely from the well-known Morisoli Vineyard in Rutherford. Aged in 100% new French oak, it's not a big cuvée (only 105 cases), but exhibits a dense purple color and a beautiful...
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92 pts. – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the west side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and...
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91 pts, two puffs – 2013 Aiken Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the west side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and...
PinotFile

92 pts. – 2013 Aiken Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the west side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and...
PinotFile

91 pts. – 2013 Aiken Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the west side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and...
Wine Spectator

90 pts. – 2012 Aiken Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain

True blockbuster stuff is the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which comes from the Oakville Ranch on the west side of the Valley. Aged 20 months in 75% new French oak with a deep purple color and sumptuous notes of violets, crème de cassis, white chocolate, and...
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91 pts. – 2012 Aiken Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain

The real stars are Aiken's Cabernet Sauvignons, of which there are two, one from Oakville and one from Rutherford. The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which is 100% Oakville Ranch and 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 70% new French oak, comes from the red hillside...
Robert-Parker

90 pts. – 2012 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

In terms of its ample substance and tannic frame, this wine is not so much different than its accomplice below, but where the latter is comparatively tight-fisted with its fruit, this one is close to succulent and juicy with a generous dollop of sweet oak and savory...