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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.

Please inquire to become an allocation member. OCFV Allocation Member Release Bottle price is $199, Non-member price $225. Allocation Member reorder $199 valid until September 15, 2021; thereafter $225 per bottle until it assumes Library status.

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. A meticulously crafted wine that blends distinctive vineyard blocks: French Gate, Apple, Olive, Long Rows and Creek. The fruit is prized for its ability to harmonize flavor components into a seamless tasting experience- smooth and elegant. 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 naturally balanced, elegant and integrated bright fruit flavors due to great growing conditions. The vintage has prized dusty, earthy minerality adored by Cabernet aficionados. Bright cranberry, cassis, subtle hints of leather and rosemary enrich the experience. Extended aging adds luscious texture. Winemaker, Gabrielle O’Connell conducted blending trials that span 3 years and selected barrels that are in complete harmony.


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. Bench locations are a prime location for prestigious vineyards worldwide. 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 a beautiful, expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. Soils: From geological events over millennium, complex layered soil structure was created: • Creek Bank Deposits: Dry Creek, a major tributary to the Napa River, flooded the site, depositing sand & gravel. The vines struggle for nutrients, creating small berry size, which increases grape flavor density. • Volcanic: Vaca Mountain volcanic eruptions flowed to the vineyard, leaving decomposed volcanic soils. • Prehistoric ocean bottom: The San Francisco Bay extended into Napa Valley. • Alluvial: Erosion from Mt Veeder created deep soils with good moisture content. As the grapes penetrate these diverse soils, they absorb layers of flavors creating a highly complex wine.

Food Pairing

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

Oak Program

A rare 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.