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Dakota Shy Wine


2021 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2021 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

2021 Dakota Shy Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Tasting Notes

Dense, textured and powerful. Wow, this is sexy, lush, layered and so complex. Refinement in concert with power – with a juicy core supported by luxurious silky tannin and dark fruit flavors. Cassis, balsamic, plum sauce, black cherry, baking chocolate and thyme lead to a long complex finish. Impossible to resist now but will gain even more complexity and nuance with bottle age.


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 Jim Barbour, Josh Clark & Kelly Maher, Phil Coturri, Betsy Moulds & Roberto Juarez, Oscar Renteria, Mike Wolf, Matt Hardin
Winemaker Tom Garrett
Production 2,888 cases