Epps Estate History
The Epps Estate Vineyard is on property that both Jeffrey and Juanita Epps were familiar with since the late 1980’s. In December 2001 Juanita was doing her daily run, that she is so well known for, and noticed a “for sale” sign being installed on the property. Unknown to her, the property had been in escrow to be sold to another buyer. That transaction was canceled after the events of 9-11-2001. We acted immediately to buy the property and closed 30 days later. We acquired soil and crop reports and hired John Truchard of Vinewerkes and began our quest to produce a premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Epps Estate Vineyards
The vineyard is ideally located north and west of the city of Napa, on the floor of the Napa Valley, in the Oak Knoll District. The District lies at the southern end of the renowned Napa Valley where the growing season is longer – cooler in the summer than the warmer Upper Valley and drier in winter allowing soils to warm earlier in the spring. This even warming and cooling creates the quintessential “Sweet Spot” where it’s warm enough to perfectly ripen red varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon while being cool enough for grapes like Chardonnay. The first harvest was in 2003 and the first two years production during 2003 and 2004 were sold. In 2005 we began production of Epps Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
Epps Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Tasting Notes Stunning garnet in the glass, our 2012 Epps Estate Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley Cabernet is our eight harvest from these distinctive Oak Knoll vines. Deep, dark red fruit on the nose opens into layers of blackberries on the plate, with complex notes of heather and anise complementing the rich, full body. Aged 30 months in new French Oak, this Cabernet has beautifully integrated tannins that carry through an enduring, memorable finish.
Growing Season Conditions “Classic” and “perfect” are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley’s treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar.
Vineyard & Winemaking Our vineyards and winemaking have remained very similar to our first vintage in 2003. The vineyards are located in the southwest corner of Napa Valley, in the Oak Knoll appellation at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The soils and location of our vineyards in the valley produce rich silky wines that we compliment with 30 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
Bottling: 150 Cases Produced
Harvest Date: October 31, 2012
The Epps Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is beyond our expectations. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed producing it.
Epps Estate Vineyards offers visits by appointment only. We ask that you please call or email us to schedule your appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Address – 4557 Linda Vista Ave, Napa, CA 94558
Email - email@example.com
Phone - (707) 322-2462