The top wine of the Alpha Omega estate, ERA, is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from eight award-winning and historic single vineyards throughout Napa Valley (see single vineyards below). In the words of Jeb Dunnuck, “This wine offers awesome notes of crème de cassis, crushed violets, crushed rocks, hints of mountain scrub brush, and lead pencil shavings. Deep and full-bodied, it has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish.” Very, very limited. Grab it while you can! WINEMAKER NOTES Era 2016 marks the second time our flagship wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The first was the 2011 vintage when early rains and a cooler climate resulted in lower yields and berries that were very intense. In 2016, spring bud break arrived early due to a dry winter and warm soils resulting in a low flower count, and lighter fruit set with smaller clusters at maturity. The thinner grape population was beneficial to the vines’ energy, which developed a concentrated flavor profile for these fewer berries. “The 2016 vintage may be the best Era yet!” -Jean Hoefliger
VINEYARD NOTES Era is a blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from eight award-winning and historic vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. These vineyards offer distinct qualities and when blended create a beautifully balanced and elegant wine. Each of these vineyards is farmed to yield no more than two tons of fruit per acre with one cluster per shoot resulting in a more intense, flavorful berry. Era is handcrafted and barrel fermented with its natural wild yeast and is not fined or filtered.
Wine Advocate 98 points “Made entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon ERA is very deep purple-black colored and sashays out of the glass with gorgeous cassis, black cherries, wild blueberries and kirsch scents plus hints of cedar chest, tobacco, black olives, violets and dark chocolate. Full-bodied, rich and decadently fruited with firm yet plush tannins and seamless freshness, it finishes with epic length and depth. 1,200 cases produced.” .- WA 98
Jeb Dunnuck 98 points “Only the second time this cuvée has been 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2016 ERA is a blend of all the single vineyards and what Jean considered the best wine. I can’t argue with him. This wine offers awesome notes of crème de cassis, crushed violets, crushed rocks, hints of mountain scrub brush, and lead pencil shavings. Deep and full-bodied, it has sweet tannins, no hard edges, and a great, great finish. There are 900 cases of this brilliant wine which will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age and cruise for two decades.” – JD 98