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Stalworth

An Old English word derived from terms meaning “foundation” and “worth.”
In the 12th century, stalworth began to be used as an adjective for people who showed determination, bravery or courage.
The modern equivalent is stalwart.

Adjective

Strong and brave, valiant, determined, steadfast or uncompromising.

Noun

A steadfast or uncompromising person.

Our Journey

2012: We arrived in Napa setting out to create new wines that would excite and inspire the next generation.
Then this happened:
2014: An earthquake at the beginning of harvest severely damaged the winery and destroyed the primary cellar.
2015: Severe drought and low yields impeded the project.
2016: A landslide forced a shut-down of the winery for several weeks.
2017: Wildfire smoke rendered the crop unusable.
2018: Completion of a four-year project converting the cellar destroyed in earthquake into a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. First vintage of Stalworth made in the new cellar.
2019: The second vintage of Stalworth is produced.
2020: Wildfire smoke rendered the crop unusable.
2021: The third vintage of Stalworth is produced.
2022: The inaugural release of Stalworth Cabernet Sauvignon debuts with the 2018 vintage.
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2014

An earthquake at the beginning of harvest severely damaged the winery and destroyed the primary cellar.
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2015

Severe drought and low yields impeded the project.
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2016

A landslide forced a shut-down of the winery for several weeks.
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2017

Wildfire smoke rendered the crop unusable.
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2018

Completion of a four-year project converting cellar destroyed in earthquake into a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. First vintage of Stalworth made in the new cellar.
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2019

The second vintage of Stalworth is produced.
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2020

Wildfire smoke rendered the crop unusable.
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2021

The third vintage of Stalworth is produced.
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2022

The inaugural release of Stalworth Cabernet Sauvignon debuts with the 2018 vintage.

Behind The Wine

Proprietors

Sabrina And Timothy Persson

In 2012, Sabrina and Tim took over their family’s 30-year-old winery with a vision to forge a path there for the next generation. But they also hoped to create a new winemaking venture that was just their own.

In doing so, the second-generation vintners faced more adversity in the wine business over the last decade than most do in a lifetime. Fittingly, the name Tim and Sabrina chose, Stalworth, signifies both the challenges they faced, and their determination, resilience and inner strength.

Winemaker

Celia Welch

One of Napa’s most acclaimed winemakers, Celia Welch arrived in the Valley in the late 1980s and has been a trailblazer for women in wine. Her track record over the last three decades is impeccable.

She has made wines from every appellation within the valley, but it was in Rutherford where she cut her teeth. She has consistently made stunning wines that uniquely speak to their sense of place.

The Wine

Vintage 2018

Cabernet Sauvignon

VINTAGE NOTES

The near perfect season began with a mild spring with steady flowering conditions yielding a uniform crop. A moderate, extended summer gave the vines an even berry set and long ripening season. The fall sunshine and moderate heat created ideal conditions to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. A stunning vintage for this long-anticipated wine.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The 2018 Stalworth Cabernet Sauvignon is true Rutherford, Napa Valley. Aromas of dark, ripe cherries, plums and black raspberries are complemented with hints of sweet anise, providing base notes and layers of complexity. On the palate, the texture is both broad and elegant with an immediate sense of fresh fruit. Dark red fruit flavors, hints of vanilla, toasty oak and very soft tannins help provide an effortless balance of weight and texture.

VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
ALCOHOL: 14.8%
COOPERAGE: 100% New French Oak
PRODUCTION: 167 cases

The allocation for our 2018 vintage has been fully committed. We invite you to request an allocation for our 2019 vintage.

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