(From 2006 Vintage)
The prestigious Game Ranch Vineyard is situated in the famed Oakville appellation in the heart of the Napa Valley. Located on an old river bottom on the eastern bench of the Silverado Trail, the vineyard is made up of very rocky, well draining soils. In this stressful, low moisture environment, the vines struggle to put everything they can into the development of the fruit. With perfect control over the watering of this vineyard site we are able to coax the vines to produce grapes of great concentration and exceptional quality.
Our goal is to highlight the characters of this noble varietal while showcasing the distinct benefits and attributes associated with the vineyard site. The Goldschmidt Vineyard Oakville Cabernet is a full bodied wine with gripping tannins that are balanced with great structure, power, and weight. Goldschmidt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is hand crafted, utilizing the best possible resources available. The wine is exceptional; with the richness and balance that are the hallmarks of world class wines.
(From 2009 Vintage) The 2008 vintage was a very small crop with only 60% normal rainfall. Grape clusters were tiny. A hard frost hit the coldest sites but fortunately little frost damage occurred in this mid-valley Oakville region. For most of the harvest, the weather was perfect which resulted in very dark and powerful wines. Our Game Ranch Cabernet displays the classic Oakville mint and blueberry character with intense black currant flavors and a plummy note in the finish. The tannin levels are a little firmer than in 2007, but the wines are very powerful and well-balanced.