Harvest Date: September 18, 2020
The 2020 growing season in Napa Valley proved to be one of the most challenging in history, with an unprecedented drought and the added complication of a global pandemic. Despite these hurdles, the resilience of our hillside terroir, coupled with more favorable spring weather, enabled our vines to produce exceptional fruit.
While the canopies were slightly smaller and the yields lower than in previous years, we were able to harvest the first Heimark fruit on September 8, with other blocks following a week later.
What’s more, Heimark Vineyard’s row manicuring and pruning regimen acted as a natural fire stop during the Glass Fire that followed on September 27. This safeguarded our Cabernet vines and nearby properties from burning.
Despite the season’s challenges, our team’s commitment never wavered. This exclusive, small-lot vintage shows the mastery of those who worked tirelessly to overcome obstacles. With its intense dark fruit flavors and delicate balance, the 2020 vintage showcases the artistry of fine winemaking.
Wine Produced: 136 cases
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2020 Heimark Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicately nuanced wine that opens softly to reveal a complex array of flavors. Dark summer fruits and fresh blueberries take center stage, complemented by fragrant floral notes of lavender and candied violets. Hints of incense, menthol, black licorice, and wild, dried herbs reflect the wine’s forest surroundings. Refined tannins give this wine a silky, elegant texture and an energetic, persistent finish that lingers on the palate.
Download the 2020 vintage notes.
Ratings and Reviews
“Heimark’s 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon is gorgeous. Black fruit, gravel, incense, chocolate, menthol, and lavender are front and center. All the signatures of this site come through … This classy, elegant Cabernet is quite promising.” (Oct. 2022)