The inaugural release of Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was the 2001 vintage. It’s a fleshy, well-integrated and subtle wine. At the time, our founding winemaker, Tom Rinaldi had a very specific vision for this wine, “We already have plenty of in-your-face wines. I want a more polite wine, one that is neither aggressive nor abrasive. You get tired of all the undisciplined, over-the-top Cabernets. Ours is a complex, intellectual wine, one that requires a little effort to uncover and fully appreciate.” For over 13 years now, the winemaking team at Hewitt Vineyard has continued to craft a wine with this vision.
In 1992, in response to the threat of phylloxera, Bill Hewitt began upgrading the vineyard by replanting to Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 7 and 8 on five different rootstocks (5C, 5BB, 1103-P, 110R, and 039-16) as part of an experiment to identify which performed best on this site. With a variety of clones, rootstocks and soil conditions, our winemaking team can bring different elements to the wine, giving it great depth and intriguing personality.