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Morisoli Vineyard – Rutherford

Aiken Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Morisoli Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley’s historic Rutherford Bench. With its dusty, gravel-laden soils this famous growing region has been the source of some of Napa Valley’s most sought-after Cabernets for decades.  Joel has worked with Cabernet from the Rutherford Bench for over 30 years and chose the Morisoli Vineyard to provide fruit for his own wine knowing it produces stunning Cabernets with impeccable balance and concentration.  The vineyard is meticulously farmed by Gary Morisoli whose family has owned and farmed this vineyard for over 100 years.  Neighboring vineyards include Scarecrow, Joseph Phelps and Rubicon.

Morisoli Vineyard – Rutherford

Aiken Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Morisoli Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley’s historic Rutherford Bench. With its dusty, gravel-laden soils this famous growing region has been the source of some of Napa Valley’s most sought-after Cabernets for decades.  Joel has worked with Cabernet from the Rutherford Bench for over 30 years and chose the Morisoli Vineyard to provide fruit for his own wine knowing it produces stunning Cabernets with impeccable balance and concentration.  The vineyard is meticulously farmed by Gary Morisoli whose family has owned and farmed this vineyard for over 100 years.  Neighboring vineyards include Scarecrow, Joseph Phelps and Rubicon.

Oakville Ranch Vineyard – Oakville

This impeccably farmed vineyard sits high above the valley floor in the eastern hills above Oakville.  At over 800 feet in elevation, this vineyard sees more hours of sunlight and lower daytime temperatures than valley floor vineyards because it is perched above the morning fog.  As a result, the grapes have darker color due to the extra hours of sunlight and possess a refreshing acidity thanks to the cooler temperatures in the hills.  Also, the thin red volcanic soil restricts the vines growth yielding extremely small clusters and berries resulting in very powerful but elegant wines.

Howell Mountain

Positioned well above Napa Valley’s  floor, the vineyards of Howell Mountain sit above the fog soaking up more hours of sunshine than the vineyards at lower elevations. At this altitude, daytime temperatures are cooler and evening temperatures are warmer resulting in a long growing season with less pronounced heat spikes than on the warmer valley floor.  In this region Cabernet Sauvignon is king; the thin rocky soils drain quickly causing the vines to produce small clusters and berries which yield intense and age worthy wines.

Silver Pines Vineyard – Sonoma Mountain

Silver Pines Vineyard is a tiny jewel that sits at nearly 1000 ft. elevation in the equally tiny Sonoma Mountain appellation.  With thin soils, occasional morning fog and cool afternoon breezes through the Petaluma Gap, the fruit from Silver Pines ripens very slowly, accumulating flavor and color as it hangs on the vine..  At harvest, the berries are tiny and very concentrated producing Pinot Noir with deep color, complex flavors and excellent aging potential.  Individual clones are fermented separately and blended prior to bottling to produce a wine of intrigue and complexity.  The blend varies with each vintage but includes Pommard, UCD 23 and occasionally Dijon 115.

Heintz Vineyard – Green Valley

The beautiful Heintz Ranch has been owned and operated by the Heintz family since 1912.  The 50 acre coastal vineyard is located in the cool climate of the Sonoma Coast/Russian River Valley/Green Valley (Sonoma County) growing region.  Situated at 900 ft. elevation, the soil type is Gold Ridge Sandy Loam.  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from this vineyard produce some of the most sought after bottlings of these varieties in California.

Fiddlestix Vineyard – Sta. Rita Hills

Owned and farmed by Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars, this vineyard is located in the cool rolling hills of the Santa Rita Hills appellation in Santa Barbara County.  Just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, the marine air moderates daytime temperatures and afternoon fog keeps the nights cool.  The soil is well drained clay loam loaded with chert and Monterey shale.  This unique terroir helps to produce wines of great intensity and flavor.

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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...
Robert-Parker

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...
Connoisseur's Guide

92 pts, two puffs – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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...
Robert-Parker

92 pts. – 2013 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville

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...
Connoisseur's Guide

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

Boasting a generous measure of ripe red cherry fruitiness as its opening act, this full-bodied, nicely concentrated effort adds in notes of strawberry preserves and creamy oak in aromas that stay wholly on point and lead to potent, fully consistent flavors from entry...
PinotFile

92 pts. – 2013 Aiken Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Conservative aromas of black cherry, blackberry jam and toasty oak lead to plenty of ebullient black cherry and blackberry fruit flavors backed by matched fine-grain tannins and a waft of oak. More ripeness, sappiness, oak...
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91 pts. – 2013 Aiken Fiddlestix Vineyard Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir

Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. An array of dark red and black berry aromas infused with graphite and woodland scents greet the nose. The middleweight flavors of dark red and purple berries are framed by wellhoned tannins and judicious oak. Noticeably...
Wine Spectator

90 pts. – 2012 Aiken Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain

Dense and intense, pleasantly earthy and tarry, with crushed rock, graphite, blackberry, black licorice, cedar, anise and tar flavors remaining complex, distinctive and captivating. Drink now through 2023.  280 cases made.      –JL
Wine Enthusiast

91 pts. – 2012 Aiken Pinot Noir Sonoma Mountain

Waxy cherry and pomegranate invite the senses before a taste of dried cranberry wafts in, layering itself on top of velvety, silky tannins. Juicy and well-composed, it hails from an appellation not known for the variety. In the hands of this producer, also a fine...
Robert-Parker

90 pts. – 2012 Aiken Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford is a more elegant, downsized version compared to the Oakville. There are some dusty, loamy soil, cedarwood, tobacco leaf and red and blackcurrant fruit notes. It's lovely, ripe and can be drunk now or aged for up to a decade.