Like a classic Prima Ballerina, the Houyi Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has an understated power and purity that defines this amazing site atop Pritchard Hill. Aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak, the refined nature of this wine is displayed through its core of espresso rubbed strawberries, white flowers, and graphite. The fruit here is hedonistic and unashamed, with creme de cassis, wild black cherries, and blackberries all weaving in and out of its rich yet understated velvety structure. Seamless, this wine tip toes across the palate with balance and grace, all while highlighting its focus and intensity.
Perched atop Pritchard Hill at nearly 1,400 feet in elevation, the red rocky soils of this South sloping vineyard produce wines of purity and concentration. Inspired by Elyse's decade long relationship with winemaker Russell Bevan, Institution represents a zero compromise approach to crafting wines. Russell Bevan and Josh Peeples have worked together since 2010. Russell has earned over 15 100-point wines in his career, including the world's only 100-point wine in 2011.
Houyi Vineyard (Pritchard Hill, St Helena)
22 months 100% new French oak