Feedback on the First Vintage…

We are so honored to be receiving such stellar feedback on inaugural selections from Odette Estate.

Published October 31st, 2013, Issue #209 of The Wine Advocate, reviewed by Robert Parker

2012 Odette Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
95-98 Points 

Composed of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve boasts a blockbuster, complex, prodigious bouquet of incense, black currants, cherries, flowers and barrique. Full-bodied and powerful with an opaque purple color, perfect fruit purity, a multidimensional mouthfeel and a nearly endless finish, this is a magnificent young wine.  These are the debut releases from Odette Estate Winery, one of the new vineyards being showcased under the Plumpjack umbrella. Based in Stags Leap, they have produced two cuvees. Bravo on these opening releases from Odette!

2012 Odette Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
94-96 Points

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc. This beautiful wine admirably captures the essence of the Stags Leap in its elegance and finesse. It possesses stunning richness along with abundant, concentrated raspberry, black currant and black cherry fruit intermixed with incense, licorice and a touch of Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied yet ethereal, well-balanced, textured and impressively endowed, it will provide enjoyment over the next 15-20 years.”

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Published November 6th, 2013, Vinous, reviewed by Antonio Galloni…

2012 Odette Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
93-95 Points 

“Odette’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is a bit more typical of Stags Leap in its dark black fruit, iron, smoke, new leather and licorice. Firm yet virtually seamless tannins support the fruit in a big, broad-shouldered wine. The 2012 boasts impressive density. It will be interesting to see if the wine develops more Stags Leap finesse or remains a bit burly, as it is today. Regardless, this is an impressive showing from Odette and winemaker Jeff Owens. The potential here is tremendous. The Reserve emerges from the estate’s oldest vines, which are also some of the oldest in Stags’ Leap. The blend is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot.”

2012 Odette Estate Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
92-94 Points

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate boasts gorgeous depth, richness and silkiness. A big, layered Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 wraps around the palate with gorgeous depth and fabulous overall balance. Dark red berries, sweet spices, leather and licorice all flesh out in a voluptuous, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon endowed with marvelous personality and class. The 2012 is distinctly floral, spiced and red-toned in its fruit, much of which is more typical of the Cabernet Franc, with less of the blue/black fruit typical of Stags’ Leap. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot and 11% Cabernet Franc.”

Robert Parker’s Pick

Forbes recently published a short list of wineries to watch, per the selection of five top Wine Industry Insiders… legendary wine critic Robert Parker’s pick? Odette Estate.

“…tastings of their first vintages revealed world-class quality. This is the new vineyard from the owners of PlumpJack, and given their impressive history of quality, insiders will want to keep an eye out for Odette.”
-Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Read Robert Parker’s full report on the 2012 vintage at Odette Estate here.

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The Odette Experience.

As harvest is kicking off for us here in the Napa Valley, we know that many of you are already busy planning your trips to wine country– and hope that you’ll stop by and visit us here at Odette!

See what Travel + Leisure has to say about visiting us!

 

Adaptation Wines

Adaptation [adapˈteɪʃn]: refers to the progression from one state to another in order to assume a new [or more perfect] condition

Adaptation Wines

Formulated by our team as a means of expanding beyond the sub appellations specific to our Estate wines, Adaptation Wines instead represent the progression of wines from the individual appellation to an anthology of a single varietal wine, forming the purest expression of the Napa Valley. The current collection of Adaptation releases includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Petite Sirah.

Our winemaker, Jeff Owens, has crafted the Adaptation wines by sourcing fruit from some of Napa Valley’s most esteemed vineyards, resulting in wines that showcase some of the finest flavors that Napa Valley is famous for.

These three wines are currently available at the Odette Estate Winery Tasting Room located in Stags Leap. We also welcome you to enjoy these wines from the comfort of your home, simply visit our online store (link to: store.odetteestate.com ), and enjoy complimentary overnight shipping on your first order of Adaptation this year. Simply use coupon code: ADAPT13 at checkout.

In the Thick of [Constructing] Things

As we work our way through the summer, we also continue to work through the construction of our new, state-of-the-art winery.  Aiming to attain Gold LEED certification, as our sister winery CADE has, Odette looks to serve as a model for sustainable practices here in the Napa Valley.  Our new facility will tout offices made from abandoned shipping containers, solar panels, a green living roof  and of course organically farmed vineyards!  Check out our current progress in the video below!

To passerby’s It seems as though it has all happened overnight (or in 72-seconds for those who watched the video above), but to those of us on the ground here at Odette, we know better!  The tireless efforts of the construction teams, our project managers and the support of our friends and neighbors have allowed us to build what we think will be one of the greatest additions to the Valley we all cherish.

Side View

Side View

Front View

Front View

Behind the Winery

Behind the Winery

Digital Rendering

Digital Rendering

 

Thankful.

As we approach the end of November, harvest activities throughout the Napa Valley are winding down; autumn has quietly started her transition to winter and 2012 begins its closing march. This time of year it is customary to take a moment and reflect on the journey of the past year and acknowledge those around us we are most thankful for…

We are thankful for our dedicated winemaking team for their time, effort and incomparable brilliance.
We are thankful for our entire team ‘behind the scenes’ (both on and offsite) for their leadership, support and constant encouragement.
We are thankful for our entire hospitality team for their diligence, warmth and endurance (each day putting a face to our name).
We are thankful for our ambassadors both near and far, who spread the word with imagination, enthusiasm and loyalty to the brand.
And most importantly, we are thankful for you— our friends, neighbors, critics and consumers. It is YOU that gives us purpose, and the motivation to strive to the next level.

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The Boys Behind the Barrels

The inaugural harvest at Odette Estate continues on in full force, and we couldn’t be more excited! Great wines are on the way, and will surely become staples of any collection. However, it is important to note that we wouldn’t be anywhere without the diligent efforts of our “boys behind the barrels”… and the press and the tanks…

These guys have become an integral component to the 2012 harvest, and we owe them greatly for their superior wine craftsmanship.  Click on the photos below to learn more about the team comprising “Odette Harvest 2012.”

Meet the “Dream Team”

 

 

 

 

 

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Shiny New Tanks Have Arrived

They’re here, they’re here! As they pull into our driveway off the Silverado Trail, I feel like an excited kid waiting for my newest toy. These are the things that happen in a winemakers life that differentiates me from just a wine enthusiast to a full-blown wine geek. These tanks are specifically designed to accommodate various size blocks that we have on our Estate. Our vineyard is now separated into almost 40 sub-blocks, giving us the ability to carefully craft our wine to best reflect our unique terroir. The stainless steel construction is an excellent conductor of temperature and have dual glycol jackets. The dual jackets enable us to cool or heat the tanks simultaneously to control optimal extraction from the skin. Translation: great wine will come from these tanks, we guarantee!

Come take a look at our shiny new tanks and taste our Adaptation wine, plus some selections from Cade and PlumpJack Winery. Looking forward to seeing you! – Jeff Owens, Odette Estate Winemaker

Odette Estate Winemaker   Jeff Owens

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Premium Vineyards in Demand

PlumpJack’s John Connover featured on September 4th in Bloomberg news talking about the rebound in California premium vineyard sales. John talks about PlumpJack’s newest winery, Odette Estate, located off the Silverado Trail in the Stag’s Leap District of Napa. (Source: Bloomberg)

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