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Thistle & Thorn Juliana Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet 2019

Thistle & Thorn Juliana Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet 2019

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Thistle & Thorn came about because we wanted to make a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from our Juliana Estate vineyard, in Pope Valley.  The vineyard is fantastic and the quality sits in the middle between our Slingshot North Coast Cabernet and Stewart Napa Cabernet. 

We first bought Julian in 1999.  At the time, it was 3K acres with 1K planted acres.  We got to work planting new blocks and replanting old ones.  Ranch 10 was one of those new plantings.  When we sold the entire vineyard, we kept Ranch 10, which contains the best blocks in all of Juliana.  It also has access to a massive reservoir that contains 2.5 years of water, a nice hedge with climate change being such a huge part of farming.

Today, we have dialed in the vineyard so well that we use fruit from the vineyard in all of our brands, though Thistle & Thorn is the only wines we make that is 100% Juliana.  


With an ultra-bright nose of ripe plum, blueberry, and a hint of leather, the 2019 Thistle & Thorn Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and dark in aroma. Flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant, and balanced toasty oak line the palate of this classic, full-bodied Napa Valley Cab. The fine-grain, textured tannins lead into the long and lingering finish. Decant and drink now or cellar through 2026

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