From the 24-acre Estate Vineyard and 50-acre Tonella Ranch Vineyard located in the heart of Rutherford Sequoia Grove’s President and director of wine-making, Mike Trujillo, boasts that the superb climate and gravelly-loam soils impart distinct flavor for their outstanding wines. Their Rutherford Estate Cabernet and Napa Chardonnay thrive in superior growing conditions along with the Bordeaux varietals that make up their flagship wine, Cambium. Spending a few moments with Mike at STK steakhouse in Las Vegas we learned a few things about the wines and the man behind the bottle.
30 years ago on a chance trip to visit a friend in Napa, Mike ended
up staying on and continues to produce exquisite Napa Valley wines with
the same passion and excitement as he felt the first day he arrived in
We could not start the tasting without a mention of
their stellar Napa Valley Chardonnay. Hand-harvested, cluster-sorted and
whole cluster pressed to preserve the pure varietal characteristics. No
secondary malolactic fermentation has allowed the freshness of the
fruit to shine through in every glass with a hint of minerals, ripe
stone fruit, and toasted almonds.
We joined him at the renowned STK Steakhouse in the Cosmopolitan
Resort and tasted through his wines. One of which is the most noted wine
in the portfolio, The Cambium. Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft’s
signature seared Foie Gras: 2.5 oz. of foie gras served with huckleberry
gastrique, and foie butter and miniature pancakes, melded perfectly
with this special wine.
Beginning with a very limited production
of 350 cases, The 2012 Cambium is a perfect blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
from Tonella (Rutherford), Morisoli (Rutherford) and Stagecoach (Atlas
Peak) vineyards, Cabernet Franc from Tonella (Rutherford) and Frediani
(Calistoga) vineyards and Merlot from Henry Brothers (Howell Mountain)
“We wanted to go bigger by complexity with the Cambium,”
explained Mike. It is indeed a stellar wine for those seeking a
sophisticated pairing for a special dinner in Las Vegas or for that
momentous occasion. The wine, hand harvested and aged 22 months in
French oak barrels lends to the rich tannins and the underlining superb
structure that ranks this Napa wine as a superior. The 2012 is deep
dark ruby in color with rich aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate and a
hint of tobacco. The palate is composed of the richness of black
currant and dark plum highlighted with the subtle elegance of vanilla
oak. The finish is long with elegant soft tannins.
Mike is truly pleased with the outcome of this vintage, and demand
has proven that it is indeed one of his flagship vintages. Sequoia Grove
has proven to be one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon producers in
Napa Valley with their flagship Rutherford Estate alongside their
Stagecoach, Lamoreaux, and Tonella Cabernet Sauvignons that are
available through their wine club and on-line.
Sequoia Grove has
proven to be the place that Mike has honed his passion for winemaking
and you can sense the beauty behind the bottle in every glass.
visiting the Napa Valley make sure your wine-tasting agenda is marked
for a stop at the gorgeous Sequoia Grove tasting room for your chance to
indulge in Napa’s finest wines. For more information click here:www.sequoiagrove.com