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2016 OCFV

2016 OCFV O'Connell Family Vineyards Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

The complex, unique terroir of the O’Connell Family Vineyard imparts an unmatched flavor into a wine that is dramatically site specific.


OCFV Estate Grown O’Connell Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon is available to Decanter Society Allocation Reservation List Members. Please go to Release Allocation or email orders@oconnellfamilyvineyards.com to inquire about “THE LIST” openings for an exclusive opportunity to collect this luxurious wine.

The Wine

The Cabernet Sauvignon is organically grown at the O’Connell Family Estate Vineyard. The fruit is prized for its ability to harmonize flavor components into a seamless tasting experience- smooth and elegant. A meticulously crafted wine that blends our distinctive blocks: French Gate, Apple, Olive and Creek. The grapes are touched only by human hand: precise hand pruning, selective reduction of fruit bunches to balance vine load vine-by-vine, hand harvesting and hand sorting of every cluster.

Tasting Notes

The 2016 vintage is a naturally balanced and elegant with integrated bright fruit flavors due to wonderful growing condition. This vintage has that prized dusty, earthy minerality adorned by Cabernet aficionados. Bright cranberry, cassis, subtle hints of leather and rosemary enrich the experience. Extended aging has brought out a luscious texture. I personally selected barrels that are in complete harmony and conducted blending trials that span 3 years. Consulting winemaker, Mitch Cozentino, assists and when we conclude this is it, we bottle!!!


History: Our vineyard dates to 1856, winning the best vineyard land in California by the California Agricultural Commission. It was planted until prohibition. The O’Connell Family was the first to replant this historic piece of land to Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Location: Our Oak Knoll District location is at the southern end of Napa Valley, about 5 miles from the San Francisco Bay, on the bench of Mount Veeder. It is the home to many prestigious vineyards. Climate: Summer days are in the upper 80’s, then drop to a consistent 55 degrees at night due to coastal fog from the San Francisco Bay. This weather pattern allows slow ripening over a long growing season, resulting in a graceful wine, finely grained integrated tannins, good acidity and varietal expression- key attributes of beautiful, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Soils: From geological events over millennium, complex layered soil structure was created: • Creek Bank Deposits: Dry Creek, a major tributary of the Napa River, flooded the site, depositing sand & gravel. This causes the vines to struggle for nutrients, creating small berry size, which increases grape flavor density. • Volcanic Action: Vaca Mountain volcanic eruptions flowed to the vineyard, leaving decomposed volcanic soils. • The San Francisco Bay extended into Napa Valley making soil layers part of a prehistoric ocean bottom. • Erosion of alluvial soil from Mt Veeder created deep soils with good moisture content giving the ability to mainly dry farm. As the grapes penetrate these diverse soils, they encounter layers of influences creating the wine’s enormous complexity.

Food Pairing

A classic Cabernet Sauvignon perfectly suited for elegant cuts of beef, lamb, and game meats.

Oak Program

An almost unheard of oak program of barrel aging for 4 1/2 years in French oak of medium toast.

Case Production

Very limited availability: 191 cases.


A firmly structured wine with 30+ year cellaring potential, yet can be enjoyed now.