2019 Heart of FAY Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Heart of FAY Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon


Winemaker Marcus Notaro crafted this wine to demonstrate the special characteristics of a specific section of FAY Vineyard. Hailing from the center, or heart, of the vineyard, the HEART of FAY Cabernet Sauvignon embodies the confluence of this wonderfully complex vineyard.

In 2019, the HEART of FAY is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from FAY Vineyard. The fruit was picked from Blocks 4, 5C and 5A for this vibrant and elegant wine. The wine was aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak barrels and bottled with minimal filtration.


Spring in Napa Valley was wet with significant rain that increased canopy growth and caused some shatter during bloom in the vineyards. Our vineyard team worked diligently to balance canopies and fruit load, and to expose the fruit to the sun at the right time. Following this wet and cool start to the year that resulted in a lot of vigor, the summer gave way to near ideal growing conditions. Like 2018, a long growing season allowed for grapes to reach optimal ripeness. Yields were less than 2018 and harvest was later than usual. The main challenge this harvest was powering wineries with generators, as the power company shut off electricity to mitigate any potential fires due to high winds. Fires in upper Sonoma did not affect northern Napa Valley vineyards, and winds kept smoke out of the valley. Overall quality is quite high. Whites are aromatic and crisp, and Cabernet has beautiful dark fruit aromas, nice complexity, and more richness than 2018.


This Heart of FAY Cabernet Sauvignon delivers aromas of boysenberry, nutmeg, black olive and Jasmine tea. The wine has a soft but filling structure, a balanced mid-palate and a lasting finish with flavors of dark currants and a touch of brown sugar and spice.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon
20 months in 100% new French oak
0.58 g/100ml