Valravn, Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County (2017)

SIZE: 750ml bottle


For Cabernet Sauvignon, we looked to vineyards in the Alexander Valley, Moon Mountain (up in the Sonoma Valley), and Russian River Valley AVAs and were fortunate to find stellar, benchmark fruit for our inaugural vintage. A combination of aspects and soil types (Goldridge, Sebastopol series, alluvial) allowed us to blend the components for a seamless composition. In the cellar, hand sorted grapes undergo an extended pre-fermentation cold-soak followed by primary fermentation in stainless steel. Following primary, the wine was transferred into mostly Saury and François Freres barrels (50% new) for aging for 16 months.

Reminiscent of classic ripe-vintage Bordeaux - refined and well defined with a lovely play of savory and sweet. Cassis, black cherry and blackberry fruit is accompanied by opulent notes of dark chocolate, espresso roast, and graphite. Silky tannins with amazing richness on the palate.



A native of Minnesota, Baron began buying Bordeaux futures at the age of 15, the sale of which later funded the down payment for a Boston condo while in college at Boston University. At 18 he was hired by Food & Wine Magazine’s 2012 “Top Sommelier” Peter Eastlake, to work in his wine retail shop where he worked “under the radar” for three years. By 21 he was managing three stores and purchasing wines by the container. Baron then deferred medical school to work for a James Beard award-winning wine importer, Eric Solomon. After managing most of the East Coast for five years, he took over the role of national sales director, where he ran all aspects of sales for the next five years. Baron moved to California in 2007 and two years later Banshee Wines became a reality followed by the founding of Valkyrie Selections (imported wines), Averaen (Oregon), Valravn (Sonoma) and Requiem (Washington State).


A native of Napa, Rob had no plans to pursue the valley’s natural professional path in winemaking, but that quickly changed when he landed a job in the tasting room at Domaine Carneros. What was intended to be a summer job soon turned into a series of fortuitous opportunities that quickly jumpstarted Rob’s winemaking career. During his six years with Domaine Carneros, Rob advanced quickly holding a variety of roles in the cellar and lab, finding that winemaking was a natural fit for his keen attention to detail and analytical approach, but mostly intrigued by the creative aspect. Before heading back to school to complete a degree in Enology at Fresno State, Rob worked at Donum Estate where he was immersed in the production of Carneros and Sonoma Pinot Noirs. Upon graduation, Rob joined the Ancien Wines team as assistant winemaker and worked alongside Ken Bernards. In 2008, Rob joined Etude Wines as associate winemaker, and for the next 9 years advanced to winemaker positions at Etude, Lyric and Beaulieu Vineyards (Treasury Estates).

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