The Wine

Our second vintage of Kitoko Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a juicy entry that gives way to dark plum and black cherry. These dark fruits only hint at the complexity of this wine, being accompanied by notes of mocha, cedar and black tea leaves. The bright yet grippy tannins create an engaging finish and indicate this wine’s aging potential.

The Blend

When I first started Corvalle, I looked forward to the day that we would add a single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon to the portfolio. So, when it came time to make Corvalle’s first Cabernet Sauvignon I turned to the Kitoko Vineyard in Napa Valley’s Atlas Peak AVA. “Kitoko” is an African name for “beautiful,” and it’s the perfect name for this hillside vineyard.

The Kitoko Vineyard lies at 1450 ft. on a tiny knoll near the ridge running through Atlas Peak. At this elevation, the landscape is reminiscent of the surface of a Martian planet, its soil littered with volcanic rocks jutting out of the earth. This terrain challenges the vines into producing an inky yet complex wine. Vineyards such as this have helped Atlas Peak earn a reputation as one of the top regions for Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.