The TR Passalacqua vineyard rises above the mist as a beacon for Cabernet Sauvignon in a region better known for its Zinfandel wines.
THE VINEYARD - In 1974, 600 feet above the Dry Creek Valley floor, Tom Passalacqua took an undulating Charolais cattle ranch and converted it to a ‘Cabernet Ranch.’ The property nudges the northern edge of the Russian River viticultural area and currently has 110 acres under vine. Tom sells most of the fruit as a contract grower. However, year after year he has also allowed his son Jason, and the Passalacqua winemaker, to roam the property before harvest and take their choice of each vintage’s fruit. Over time this has provided the bedrock for our TR Passalacqua Estate Cabernet.
'SINGLE BLOCK' CABERNET - In addition to the TR Passalacqua Estate Cabernet, those in the know, have discovered our very limited single block Cabernet Sauvignon program. Passalacqua single Cabernet block wines illuminate the fascinating differences between elevations, soil types and the orientation of a few favorite parcels all from this one contiguous hillside vineyard.
CLONE 7 - These distinctions are even more interesting because the whole ranch is planted to the same clone of Cabernet, Clone 7. This clone was first developed in the 1960’s between UC Davis and Jim Concannon of Concannon vineyard from a clone sourced from a single vine that was brought to California from Chateau Margaux in 1893.
CLIMATE INFLUENCE - The cooler climate Cabernet Sauvignons from Passalacqua have a darker brooding character and the inherent structure to age. They are more European in character and more deliciously food centric than the plump ‘fruit bomb’ style that has been so prevalent in California’s recent wine history. We have also noticed over time how their structure has resulted in wines that age gracefully, and hold their freshness over a decade or more.
RARE GEMS - There are very few, if any, who can offer the depth and quality in older vintages of Dry Creek Cabernet that we still have at Passalacqua. In the list to the left you will find the original release notes and also our winemaker’s (Jessica Boone) latest tasting notes. If you find it difficult, or do not have the space, to age wines, or you simply want to experience the aroma and taste of a vintage and season long since passed, consider acquiring a few special bottles from our wine library. Please note there may be purchase limits on some vintages or bottlings.