Previously available in just California and a few western states, Samuel Charles wines will soon be available nationwide.
The label will go national with Samuel Charles Oak Knoll Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, and High Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018. Both will be unveiled in early 2019.
Napa Valley winemaker Robert Pepi is making the two wines. “We’re sourcing the grapes for the Oak Knoll Cab from a vineyard located on the benchlands of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, where some of the region’s finest terroir is found,” Pepi says. “The resulting wine is already showing the vineyard’s typicity, with complex aromas of blackberries, dark fruit and a hint of black pepper among other spices. I let it age for ten months in French oak, thirty percent of them new barrels, that I believe has helped knit together the wine’s abundant fruit flavors.”
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from the High Valley. True to its name, at nearly 2,000 feet these are some of the highest and, Pepi believes, the best vineyards for sauvignon blanc in California.
While Pepi has fermented and aged the wine exclusively in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit, he also conducted partial sur lies aging to bring added richness to the palate.
Samuel Charles Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon will carry a suggested retail price of $79.99, with the High Valley Sauvignon Blanc retailing for $24.99. Both are available through Quintessential Wines.