In the early 1980s, after a summer day of working in his grandfather's vineyards, the current owner of Ghost Block Winery, Andy Hoxsey, was enjoying a cold beer at the legendary local Yountville bar, Pancha’s. There, he began a conversation with a retired veteran, who asked Andy if he farmed that vineyard next to the Yountville cemetery. He replied, “yes sir, I do.” The veteran, who may have had one too many beers, proceeded to tell Andy about the ghost he had seen leaving the Pioneer Cemetery walking up the hillside through that very vineyard, which he referred to as the cemetery field, towards the top of the Yountville hill. The veteran told Andy that ghost was the spirit of George C. Yount (founder of Yountville, who planted the first grapevine in Napa Valley in 1839), who haunted that vineyard and made his way to the top of the hill to overlook the town he founded. That next morning Andy went to trademark the name “Ghost Block.” Thus the two legends were born, the ghost of George C. Yount and Ghost Block Vineyard.
The fruit for the 2017 Ghost Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the family-owned Rock Cairn vineyard. The 32-year old vineyard in Oakville, Napa Valley is 100% Certified Organic. This site is comprised of deep, gravelly loam with a western exposure, and the vines produce very concentrated fruit late in the season.
Very elegant and appealing aromas beam from your glass. This wine has juicy red cherry notes, along with ripe, red berry flavors. Cocoa and vanilla notes are well integrated into the fruit components. The silky, soft tannins confirm the harmonious balance between alcohol and tannin - creating an overall perfect balance in this wine. The finish is lengthy and beautiful - you won't want to stop sipping!