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Dakota Shy Wine

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Winemaking

We are passionate about how we live, where we live and the wines and people that define our valley. We strive to make the greatest Cabernets we are capable of in order to showcase our appreciation for the land and legacy of Napa. Blessed with great friends and partners in the Napa Valley, we have been fortunate to assemble an outstanding portfolio of vineyards whose grapes are the foundation of our wines. Those vineyards and the people who work them are key to the outstanding quality we are able to put into bottle.



2012 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Violet and lavender perfumes entice immediately on the nose. A sensuous texture methodically envelopes the entire palette. Plush explosions of blackberry, dark chocolate, mocha and cherry flavors dominate immediately followed by harmonious layers of cocoa, cedar-spiced tobacco and crushed cherry blossoms. The finish is stunning; hints of liquid-silk tannins wrap around the long sophisticated finish.

2013 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful aromas of violets, dark cherry, blueberry and baking spice (vanilla, cinnamon) layered over coffee and dark chocolate notes.

On the palate it is dense and mouth coating with a plush core of chocolate-covered blueberry fruit, mineral, cocoa and vanilla bean flavors framed by a velvet glove of fine-grained tannins. Complex notes of tobacco and stone in the background.

Very long, layered, sophisticated finish where the cocoa and blackberry flavors push on indefinitely. Incredible texture, structure and finesse to the tannins. A baby currently with years of development – but absolutely delicious now.

2014 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful, complex aromas of black cherry, chocolate, herb, tobacco, mint. In the mouth this is dense, rich and packed with seductive fruit. Shows penetrating dark cherry, cassis, stone fruit flavors and layers of cocoa, caramel, blueberry and plum. The rich, textured mid palate leads to a long, powerful and layered finish. Delicious now but will easily improve for a decade or more in the cellar.

2015 Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

The 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has beguiling aromas of blackber-ry, dark cherry, liquid stone, chocolate, espresso, graphite and floral notes. Powerful, almost decadent, but balanced on a fine structure of lush tannin and bright acid. Incredibly dense, rich and powerful with beautiful dark fruit char-acter. Has both a brooding density and an extroverted, lively, even hedonistic, fruit profile all on a sophisticated frame.


2013 TEN Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon

Classic aromas of dark cherry, cedar and herbs. Smooth and polished on the palate – impressive refinement for a wine this young. The flavors echo the aromas with dark cherry in the forefront supported by complex layers of vanilla bean, baking spice and tobacco notes. Long and lush with a nice balance of bright acid and soft, ripe tannin. Drinking beautifully now and through 2025.

2014 TEN Napa Valley
Proprietary Blend

Aromas of dark chocolate, cassis and plum lead to a full, rich mouthful of black currant, mocha, herb and baking spice flavors. Delicious layers of cocoa, plum, vanilla and cassis flavors are followed by complex notes of mint, cedar and chocolate on the long, plush finish. The 2014 TEN has a beautiful, dark, rich-core of fruit over a lush but powerful frame and smooth fine-grained tannins. Delicious now through 2030.

2015 TEN Napa Valley
Proprietary Blend

Complex aromatics show a range of ripe plum, black currant, sage and dried herb notes layered over mocha and caramel. The palate texture is pure silk, supporting a rich, lush mouthful of plum, dark berries, baking spices, herbs, cocoa and vanilla bean. Totally delicious and accessible now with fine grain tannin balancing the plush texture. The 2015 TEN Proprietary Blend will be even better with a few years in the cellar but it’s so good now there’s not much reason to wait…


2014 Diamond Mountain
Cabernet Sauvignon

Sweet dried cherry, red currant and floral aromatics are echoed on the lush palate.  Very complex and layered, the delicious cherry and currant flavors are framed by spice, cola and subtle mint notes. The lovely plush mid-palate is laid over a dense core of structure. Elegant, textured and subtly powerful. A beauty from Diamond Mountain District of Napa Valley.


2013 Moulds Family Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Classic aromas of dark cherry, black berry and chocolate with background notes of sage and tobacco. Massive and palate coating, with incredible power, texture and richness balanced on a fine thread of bright acidity. Flavors of cocoa, dark berries, vanilla, baking spices and herb with notes of mineral and black olive. Very long, powerful and seductive. This wine is a baby that can be enjoyed now but best with 3+ hours in the decanter or another 5+ years in bottle. Expect this to hit its stride in 2020 and cellar until 2030 on.

2014 Moulds Family Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Classic Moulds showing its gorgeous floral notes of violets and herbs backed with stunning plum and dark cherry-compote aromas. Dense and rich yet totally elegant in the mouth with intricate layers of flavor and texture. Baking cocoa, plum, cassis and stony kirsch-liquor notes. Incredible to find this combination of sophistication, complexity and layering in a single vineyard wine. Lush and focused, the finish draws on forever echoing the cocoa, plum and dark cherry flavors. Approachable now and delicious through 2030.

2015 Moulds Family Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon

Cassis, dark fruit compote, chocolate and black berry liquor. Incredible complex-ity of flavors ranging across dried wild herbs, violets, caramel, dark chocolate, baking spice and dark berry flavors. Massive and rich with a dense core of dark fruit, chocolate, mocha, caramel and mineral. Totally palate coating – but tannins are round, rich and seductive while massive. Really impressive for its power and intensity over a beautiful framework. Has classic Moulds’ floral notes and sophis-tication but a density and richness like no other Moulds before. This is spectacu-lar now but will really show its best 2020 and beyond.


2014 Atlas
Cabernet Sauvignon

Classic, but beguiling aromatics of potent blackberry, cassis, dark cherry, herb and mineral. Powerful mouthful of sweet supple fruit, baking spices, caramel and vanilla then on to a remarkable lush, multifaceted texture and muscular structure. Massive and powerful, revealing its hillside birth place. The concentration, complexity and purity of the Atlas is enthralling. A baby that will reward decades in the cellar.

2015 Atlas
Cabernet Sauvignon

Powerful aromas of plum compote, cherry and blackberry over chocolate and herbs. Super lush, powerful and long in the mouth with an incredibly sophisticated finish. Reveals layers of dark fruit flavors, baking cocoa and complex herb and baking spice notes. Mouth coating, yet elegant with fine grained tannin. Great depth and a wonderful energy and brightness balancing the dark intensity of this wine. At its best from 2020 to 2025 but sure to drink beautifully for decades beyond.


2013 Social Currency
Cabernet Sauvignon

Intoxicating aromas of violet and fresh lavender set the tone for what is to come. Explosive blackberry and espresso aromas follow and transfer to the pallet effortlessly. There is a maple bacon component to this wine I’ve never experienced before and it’s as unique as it is amazing. The texture of the wine never ceases to amaze and much like the Dakota Shy Wines, the tannins are lush, polished, and lingering for minutes after the first sip. We like to call it the “cashmere effect” and it’s sure to not disappoint.

2014 Social Currency
Cabernet Sauvignon

The Social Currency strikes an incredible balance between luxury and power. Opulent, sophisticated, plush and dense with complex and powerful tiers of flavor. Intoxicating aromas range across mocha, cocoa, coffee, mineral and deep dark cherry notes. Silky but also incredibly concentrated on the palate showing layered, complex and totally compelling plum, strawberry compote, chocolate and coffee finishing with refined mineral and fruit notes. Serious but totally sensuous. Dense, powerful and plush finish that lingers on and on. This is seductive now but will only gain nuance and complexity with time in the cellar.

2015 Social Currency
Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful, intoxicating aromas of violets, blackberry, black pepper, coffee bean. Massive, plush mouthful with tiers of dark fruit, exotic spice, stone. True to Social Currency, this has a texture of liquid silk over a dense but plush structural core of wonderfully sweet dark fruit and fine tannin. Totally seductive and delicious while showing great elegance and power. The finish pushes on forever, drawing out the dark fruit and floral flavors. A great Social Currency.


2014 McKenna's
Sauvignon Blanc

Aromas of lemon curd, slate, golden hay, hints of lychee and tropical fruit. Great weight on the palate with clean focused flavors of lemon, peach, mineral and citrus peel. Very complex and delicious. Beautiful lush texture with weight and flesh balanced by acidity.

2015 McKenna's
Sauvignon Blanc

Complex aromas of citrus, mineral, melon, herb and golden hay. Lush, rich texture framed with balancing acidity. Has weight and power while remaining bright and refreshing. Citrus, slate and floral notes linger on the long finish.

2016 McKenna's
Sauvignon Blanc

Complex aromas of citrus blossoms, white pepper, Meyer Lemon, slate.  Shows a layered range of flavors from lemon curd and grapefruit to flint, spice and stone. Very long, fresh and precise with a textured mid palate that leads to an incredibly long, enticing finish. This blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion has impressive grace and intensity. Delicious now but will reveal even more with a year or two of cellar time.


2015 Rosé
Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautiful rose petal, watermelon and citrus notes with a complex interplay of mineral, herb and red fruits. Rich and juicy texture with a bright lingering finish. Delicious by the pool or with lighter dishes.

2016 Rosé
Cabernet Sauvignon

A very pretty pale garnet color. Aromas show restrained notes of cherry blossom, watermelon, citrus-peel, spice and stone. Very youthful and fresh with a bright core of pink grapefruit flavors over complex mineral notes and a long refreshing finish. Ideal with sushi, lighter dishes and warm sunny days.