2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon •Estate Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
2010 to the power of Z
Today’s Homage Vineyard 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an Old World charmer from our friend, master winemaker Rudy Z.
Today’s wine was handcrafted from the 2010 Napa Vintage, which Wine Spectator editor in chief James Laube gave a massive score of 98 points. 2010 and 2007 are the two vintages you should pay close attention to, stocking up when you find a truly superb example.
This wine took our entire tasting panel by storm. Please accept this delicious gem with our boldest recommendation.
Deep, dark, and - dare we say - foreboding scarlet in the center of the glass. Gorgeous.
Beautifully layered aromas leap from the glass, with concentrated dark red fruit notes of black raspberry, wild strawberry, and black currant laid overtop pipe tobacco, dried fallen leaves, dried rose petals, lavender, sage, and a kiss of rosemary.
Classic Calistoga Cabernet flavors of lush fruit and a dusty earthiness on the palate, with dark cherry and blackberry laid overtop coffee bean, sandalwood, white peppercorn, earthy berry bramble, anise, a touch of cranberry, and subtle dried herbs.
Incredibly smooth and supple on the finish, with lingering flavors and a luxurious mouthfeel that make this wine a joy to drink.
Caramel-glazed roasted pork ribs, served with homemade red cabbage cole slaw.
What the Winery Says
There is a consistency in this vineyard that shows up from vintage to vintage – starting with the bouquet. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is our second commercial release. It shows bright lively fruit on the bouquet – notes of cedar, dried rose petals – more red fruit than dark fruit. The palate is very balanced with lingering delicate tannins.
- Rudy Zuidema
- Calistoga, Napa Valley
- Gold Medal - SF Chronicle (Previous Vintage)
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- 30 months in French oak
About the Winery
Welcome to Homage Vineyard- a 5 acre vineyard, backing up to the Napa River, located in the North East Napa Valley, just south of Calistoga.
The vineyard was established in 1973, growing a variety of wine and desert grapes. It has been planted exclusively to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in since 1999. When Avia and Simon Hawksworth bought the property in 2005 the vineyard had been neglected for a several years. They invested heavily to bring the vineyard back to a level where great cabernet sauvignon could be produced. That journey also allowed Avia and Simon to meet the people who would eventual become part of their wine family.
From March through November the entire valley comes to life as the vines begin to grow and mature producing world-class grapes which in turn produces the wines Napa is renowned for. Here at Homage Vineyard, nothing is sweeter than to see the fruit of the land blended with the fruit of our family’s labor into fine wine. We don’t produce much wine at Homage, but what we do make reflects our taste for thoughtful, food friendly, beautifully made wine.
When people ask us about the success of our vineyard, we can only marvel at the constant love and support shown by our family and friends. From planting to pruning to harvesting and crushing, the countless hours have been devoted to every bottle of wine we produce. Without them, Homage Vineyard would be just a dream and it is in the spirit of paying respect to those people that have been so generous with their time and dedication that we chose the name Homage.
Winemaker Rudy Zuidema
Rudy was born in Sacramento, California, and grew up in the nearby agricultural community of Davis. Building on a love of the outdoors and an interest in farming, Rudy studied Plant Science and Agricultural Management at the University of California, Davis, where he focused on viticulture.
Upon graduating from UC Davis in 1991, Rudy moved to Napa and took a position at the famed Oakville Grocery. That inspired Rudy’s desire to pursue winemaking. Working alongside wine buyer Mary Danielak, Rudy tasted thousands of wines, refining his palate and expanding his base of knowledge about vineyards, vintages and winemaking styles.
In 1993, eager to gain hands-on winemaking experience, Rudy traveled to Australia’s McLaren Vale to work at Wirra Wirra Winery. Under the guidance of Australian winemaker, Ben Riggs, Rudy learned techniques for achieving ideal ripeness, cap management and extraction—techniques that still form his approach to winemaking.
After returning to the United States, Rudy worked for St. Clement Vineyards and White Cottage Ranch under his mentor Dennis Johns. From there he moved on to such respected wineries as Cuvaison and Honig Vineyards, where Rudy was the assistant winemaker working alongside James Hall, of Patz and Hall Wine Company.
In 1996, Rudy joined Robert Craig Winery as winemaker, where he spent the next seven years focusing on terroir-driven Cabernet Sauvignon production from Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, and the Napa valley floor. Eager to combine his love of agriculture and winemaking, Rudy moved to a post as the winemaker and vineyard manager for Ehlers Estate from 2003 to 2008.
His most recent position was back on Howell Mountain for his second stint at White Cottage Ranch. As Winemaker, Vineyard Manager and General Manager, he converted the property to a certified organic and biodynamic estate.
Today, as a consulting vineyard manager and winemaker for small estate programs, Rudy combines a passion for agriculture with an expansive knowledge of winemaking. He follows organic and biodynamic farming practices to naturally enhance the flavorful diversity of the estate’s rich tapestry of vineyard blocks. This natural approach continues in the winery, where Rudy emphasizes classic, small-lot techniques and gentle handling to craft balanced wines that embody a sense of elegance, purity and power.