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Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

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Since 1984, this outstanding vineyard has been part of the Heitz estate and produces one of our three, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Nestled between Silverado Trail and Conn Creek on the fertile, eastern side of the Rutherford appellation, only the best blocks are selected for this terroir driven Cabernet Sauvignon.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed sustainably and certified organic by CCOF and Certified Fish Friendly Farming.

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Since 1984, this outstanding vineyard has been part of the Heitz estate and produces one of our three, single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons. Nestled between Silverado Trail and Conn Creek on the fertile, eastern side of the Rutherford appellation, only the best blocks are selected for this terroir driven Cabernet Sauvignon.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, farmed sustainably and certified organic by CCOF and Certified Fish Friendly Farming.

A prized stretch of vineyard land, with westward vistas, expansive sun, and rocky soil, Trailside Vineyard embodies the spirit of the heart of Napa Valley.

Trailside Vineyard during sunset

Trailside Vineyard

In the Vineyard

A tapestry of sixteen blocks of cabernet sauvignon, planted with seven different clones, in layers of eight different soil types covering eighty five acres; our magical Trailside Vineyard is the quintessential expression of the Rutherford terroir.

“The alluvial soil combined with a gradual slope towards Conn Creek makes this site ‘textbook perfect’ for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. We have planted the vines on an east-west orientation to evenly ripen the fruit throughout the day with dappled, gentle sunlight, resulting in small berries and ultimately, a smooth and concentrated wine.” – Brittany Sherwood, Winemaker

Close-up of the soil and rocks in the Trailside Vineyard
Cut away view of the soil and vineyards in Trailside Vineyard

Each vineyard block is fermented and aged separately, allowing our Winemaker to determine the best barrels from which to craft the Trailside Cabernet.

https:Mustard growing in the Trailside Vineyard

Spring mustard in Trailside Vineyard

In the Cellar

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, each block from Trailside is crushed and fermented separately and remains unblended during its year in neutral oak tanks. Upon moving to 100% new French Limousin oak barrels, each lot is continuously tasted and evaluated for two years after which the superior barrels are selected to become the Trailside Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines continue to age separately by lot for one more year in barrel, for a total of four full years in oak, before finally blending together for bottling. Once in bottle, the Trailside continues to mature for another year, until its release from our cellar.

https:View of a wind fan in Trailside Vineyard
https:Sunset lighting behind vines in the Trailside Vineyard