Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon
Inspire is a continuing tribute to great Cabernet vineyards in the Sonoma and Napa Viticultural Areas (AVA).
In 2004 Bill was Inspired to develop a cultured mountain-grown Cabernet exhibiting the best qualities of both Sonoma and Napa Cabernet fruit without the overpowering tannin structure usually associated with Napa cabs.
How do you show people you are serious about making great Cabernet Sauvignon if your winery is in Sonoma County and everybody thinks great Cabs only come from Napa?
We decided to make a Cabernet Sauvignon from hugely respected Napa vineyard so people can compare their version to ours. This became the Inspire project and each year we release an Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon, only now we use grapes from our own vineyards.
Inspire is a limited production wine and is only made in specific years where the harvest is of particularly high quality. Click on the particular wine in the History Snapshot to review details of our various Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
In our hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards late deficit irrigation produces small berries with intense dark fruit flavors. By contrast early deficit irrigation practiced in our Estate Cabernet Vineyard produces more lush and ripe fruit harvested later in the season.
We treat each vineyard lot and clone of these Cabernet vineyards separately, making beautiful stand-alone Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Then blending them under Bill's palate direction produces exceptional wines focused on the flavor combination of the wine.
Commencing with the fabulous 2014 vintage the blend for Inspire was focused on a left-bank Bordeaux-style red wine inspired by Château Lafite Rothschild. We took wines from the fruit of our best California vineyards to make this exciting and beautiful blended Cabernet Sauvignon.
While critics might say this robs the wine of its specific terroir, the result speaks for itself. Inspire has become a "fully-subscribed" wine which means that our wine club members take virtually our whole production each year that the wine is made.
We make other Cabernet wines from these vineyards that do portray their sense of place but the inspiration for this wine is to give the wine lover a wonderful experience inspired by an historic wine.