A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2019 La Place Cabernet Sauvignon

Since 2016, La Place Vineyard has won us over with its beautiful aromatics, lithe tannins and extreme detail amidst richness and power. The 2019 not only shows off the quality of this site, but is a joyful representation of a fantastic growing season. The color is similar to the 2018, with a blue/black core and a magenta rim. The nose calls out for attention and showcases an exquisite panoply of exotic black, blue and red fruit aromas, graced by five-spice, sage, rosemary and a hint of Arabica coffee. On the palate, the wine is layered, deep and almost sneaky with its constantly changing array of rich flavors and intensity that guides the finish to a soft landing, minutes later. 

  • 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
  • 1.1 acre vineyard located on Silverado Trail at Lommel Road, tucked against the hills
  • Extremely rocky and well-drained alluvial soils
  • Clones 8, See, and 4
  • Fermented in French oak puncheons
  • Aged in 100% new French oak for 21 months
  • Unfined & unfiltered
  • 147 cases from 6 barrels

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon La Place Vineyard comes from a site at the end of Larkmead Lane, and there’s a splash of 2% Petit Verdot in the blend, which was fermented in puncheons and aged 21 months in new barrels. Crème de cassis, tobacco, spice, darker blue fruits, and loamy earth all define the bouquet, and I love its purity and vibrancy both on the nose and palate. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and balanced, it’s another remarkable wine from winemaker Mike Hirby.
Jeb Dunnuck
March 10, 2022
From another Calistoga site, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon La Place Vineyard is rich, chocolaty and ripe. From vines that were 10 years old at the time of harvest, this wine delivers waves of cassis and plum flavors carried on a supple, full-bodied palate that's almost creamy in texture yet long and bright on the finish.
Joe Czerwinski
The Wine Advocate
May 31, 2022