Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 7, Napa Valley

The grapes for this wine are sourced from the historic BV#3, now called Georges III and located adjacent to Caymus, off the Silverado Trail in the renowned Rutherford sub-appellation of the Napa Valley. The land was purchased by Georges de Latour of Beaulieu Vineyard in 1928 and replanted by Andy Beckstoffer, commencing in 1985.  Honoring Anthony’s work identifying the differences between various Cabernet sauvignon clones, we produce this Clone 7, known now as the Concannon clone, a long-time workhorse of California Cabernet production.  This clone has been known to produce as much as 12 tons per acre in Napa, although it generally produces between 6 – 8 tons per acre.  Originally sourced from the Montpellier Nursery in France by James Concannon (founder of Concannon Vineyard, Livermore, CA) in 1893 during California’s first phylloxera blight, this clone displays good fruit strength, some herbal character and good yields.