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Dakota Shy Wine


2020 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2020 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2020 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Tasting Notes

Dark, powerful and richly textured with a lush foundation of fruit, this is a great representation of the freshness, density and complexity that illustrates the heights that the 2020 Cabernets are capable of.  Seamless in the mouth with an intensity of fruit flavors and complex layers of texture that envelope the palate with a powerful but silky structure. Detailed flavors of blackberry, dark cherry, cassis, cocoa, cracked pepper and dried herbs. Background notes of graphite, espresso and plum lead to the long finish over sophisticated fine-grained tannins. Delicious now and will continue to improve in the cellar.

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

We began Dakota Shy with a goal of making a single, great Cabernet Sauvignon. To achieve that, we wanted to source fruit from a range of Napa Valley’s exceptional vineyard sites and build complexity into the wine through different grape clones, soil types, exposures, elevations and regions within the valley. We now work with 16 different growers and purchase fruit from vineyards as far south as Oak Knoll and as far north as Calistoga. Our vineyards are roughly 50% valley floor and 50% hillside.

The Napa Valley Cabernet is crafted with an eye toward luxury and exceeding expectation. Composed primarily of grapes from our hillside vineyards, this is a dense, serious Cabernet balanced with purity, polish and elegance.


Appellation Napa Valley (from grapes grown in Oak Knoll, Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Calistoga, Mount Veeder)
Blend 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc
Barrel Aging 18 months, 70% New French Oak
Clones Cabernet Franc Clones 332 & 1, Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4, 7, 337, 338, 169 & 685
Rootstocks 110R, 3309, 1103P, 420A, 101-14. 1616C, 039-16
Soils Various volcanic and sedimentary-based soils
Vineyard Manager Various
Winemaker Tom Garrett
Production 500 cases