Napa Valley Cambium
/ Napa Valley
Cambium represents the essence of the vintage, with varietals and vineyard lots changing every year as nature dictates its expression. With each vintage, Cambium components are individually selected among the finest lots drawn from the Sequoia Grove and Tonella Estate vineyards in Rutherford as well as select parcels from top growers, including Stagecoach, Saviez, Lamoreaux and Morisoli. This tapestry of Bordeaux varietals from different terroirs results in distinctive mineral complexity, smooth texture, generous pure fruit, and excellent structure. All fruit is hand sorted before a 1-2 day cold soak, then fermented in small batches, with pumpovers 2-3 times a day and malolactic fermentation in barrel. Following vinification, the individual lots mature for 22 months in French oak barrels (80% new), with the winemakers constantly tasting and assessing each lot. The final blend is then completed and the wine spends an additional two years aging in bottle, allowing the elements to harmonize and mature.
Tasting Panel2009 vintage
Wine Enthusiast2009 vintage
Deep ruby with complex aromas of black pepper, black cherry, gravel, and a hint of violets. In the background are subtle blueberry and cranberry notes, cedar, and a touch of walnut. On the palate the wine has a beautiful long arc of flavor, beginning with cherry and pomegranate and finishing with richer notes of cocoa powder and espresso. This wine can be cellared for 15 years.
This complex wine pairs well with delicately prepared dishes with nuances of flavor, such as Pepper Crusted Tenderloin with Mushroom Cream and Roast Asparagus.
points of distinction
- A limited-edition, Bordeaux blend crafted to express the unique attributes of the vintage
- Named for the layer of cells in trees (and grapevines) that allows the plant to grow and imprints the quality of each vintage on its fruit
- Ages 22 months in oak barrels and an additional 2 years in bottle before release
vineyard details +
Tonella Estate Vineyard
In 2006, Sequoia Grove reached an agreement with the Tonella family to take control of their famed vineyard on the Rutherford bench. The 48 planted acre parcel lies on Skellenger Lane, close to the Oakville line. The vineyard has a long history; it was originally part of the Mexican land grants and was owned by the diocese of San Francisco for a time. Over the next 70 years, the property was owned by the Rutherford brothers (for which Rutherford is named) followed by the Ponti family, who eventually sold it to the Tonella family in the early 1900s. Vineyard Manager Steve Allen, in close cooperation with Michael Trujillo and Molly Hill, replanted the vineyard to select Cabernet Sauvignon clones that would reach maturity and support the Sequoia Grove wines beginning with the 2010 vintage. With its variety of soil compositions and microclimates, Tonella Vineyard produces fruit with distinctive Rutherford character and flavor profiles.
Sequoia Grove Estate Vineyard
Sequoia Grove’s Estate Vineyard lies in the Napa Valley’s most revered red wine growing region, midway between Rutherford and Oakville on the famous Rutherford bench, an area that extends east from the highway to the base of the Mayacamas mountains and is defined mainly by the distinct flavor characteristics it imparts in the Cabernet Sauvignon grown there. The Sequoia Grove Estate Vineyard’s 18 planted acres are dedicated primarily to Cabernet Sauvignon (85%), with the remainder to Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Each variety and clonal selection has been matched with the soil type to which it is best suited, with Cabernet Sauvignon in gravelly loam and other varieties in the deeper, richer soils.
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about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
– Michael Trujillo, President, Director of Winemaking
“Cambium is a portrait of the vintage in an elegant frame.”