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Baker & Hamilton Vine Hill Ranch Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  - First Bottle


95 Wine Spectator -
This is packed with vivid boysenberry, mulberry and black currant fruit that bursts forth with energy, while being held in check by graphite, anise, and apple wood notes that lend good underlying tension. Features bramble and warm stone accents on the finish, as the fruit races through.
94 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon sports a deep purple hue as well as a killer bouquet of darker currants, smoked tobacco, and spicy oak. Ripe, lush, and sexy on the palate, it brings tons of fruit, has supple tannins, and is a delicious, satisfying Cabernet to enjoy over the coming decade.
94 Vinous -
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a new wine made by the Phillips family, owners of Vine Hill Ranch, and winemaker Françoise Peschon. It is without question one of the most impressive debuts I tasted this year. Silky and gracious, the 2019 is a wonderfully understated, classy Cabernet that shows the more restrained side of the year in its super-classic mid-weight feel. Cedar, tobacco and sweet floral notes add gorgeous inner perfume. With the Baker & Hamilton Cabernet, the Phillipses aim to make a wine that will work well in restaurants and retail shops, so all of the wine is sold through distribution rather than direct. You don't have to have a Nobel Prize to figure out what the vineyard source is. Let's leave it at that.
94 James Suckling -
A soft and velvety red with medium body and round, creamy tannins. Milk-chocolate, blackcurrant and hazelnut character. So attractive now and delicious. Essentially the second wine of Vine Hill Ranch. Why wait?
94 Decanter -
The inaugural release of Baker & Hamilton from Bruce Phillips, whose family owns Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville, so you can guess where the Cabernet grapes are sourced from! Incredibly powerful and intricate aromas of black cherry, chocolate, black peppercorns, pencil shavings and lavish oak. Medium-bodied on entry and more restrained than the nose: delicate boysenberry, raspberry and candied cherry framed by an iron-like minerality. Intricate tannins are fleshy and supple, building to a dry finish that is a touch smoky. Françoise Peschon is the winemaker. One to watch.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • WinemakerFrancoise Peschon
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardVine Hill Ranch
  • Oak85% new French oak
  • Aging/Cooperage23 Months
  • Release DateMarch 14th, 2022
  • Alcohol14.8%
  • Production789 Cases cases

Baker & Hamilton Vine Hill Ranch Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon  |  US
WS95, DC94, JD94, JS94, VN93

20% off retail!

Price drops to $99.95 when you purchase 3 or more bottles, and $89.95 on orders of 6 bottles or more! Ground shipping included on orders of 3 bottles or more!

If you know Vine Hill Ranch, you know. After To Kalon, this just might be Oakville’s most historic vineyard. The Phillips family has farmed the site for generations, bottling their own Vine Hill Ranch wine for the first time in 2008. In the incredible 2019 vintage, the flagship took home a perfect 100 points from Decanter...and not for the first time, either! This first release second wine, Baker & Hamilton, from the very same Vine Hill Ranch estate, in the very same vintage, and lept out the gate with 95 POINTS on its first try! At less than half the price of VHR, this cabernet is worth a taste, and the wisest among y’all will be sure to lock in a few bottles! Priced too low to even show here, you’re gonna want some of this!!

The incredibly fresh Baker & Hamilton wine hails from the Phillips family’s beautiful Oakville property on the west side of Oakville, near Dominus ($300), Promontory ($900), Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper (which was part of VHR in the past), and Harlan Estate ($1000+) to name a few. The vineyard’s early stewards were Bob and Alex Phillips, whose dad bought the vineyard in 1959 and made it one of Napa Valley’s unheralded stars. Today, it has reached ELITE status alongside the very best vineyards in all of Napa Valley.

Baker & Hamilton was created with a bit more focus on select retailers and restaurants, made in the same exact way as the $300 VHR, just sourced from the lower and slightly cooler parts of the vineyard. THAT’S A GOOD THING. The wine soars with excellent blue fruit – amazingly lush, full, and delineated, with a vaguely “old school” Napa note of cedar and tobacco...we LOVED it. It’s a STEAL with all this pedigree, too – did we mention the winemaker is Françoise Peschon – a longtime winemaker for Araujo Estate who trained at Château Haut-Brion? Throw in a nod to tenured vineyard master Michael Wolf (Harlan), and you have an absolute can’t miss! Grab a couple of bottles and you won’t regret it! The price drops by a cool $25 per bottle when you grab three – so that’s what I’d suggest! Check that price! Just don’t miss out!

PAIRING IDEAS: Don’t overthink this. Get a killer meat or mushroom pie. Make your mom’s meatloaf. Make meatballs or bolognese or cacio e pepe or a hangar steak. Make a burger. This is young, silky, delicious Napa cab — just do what comes naturally!

About the Producer

The Baker & Hamilton wine is a boutique producer coming out of the Oakville, Napa Valley area. Made by the Phillips family who are owners of the Vine Hill Ranch and have brought the brilliant Francois Pechon on board as winemaker. Francois Pechon is a rockstar winemaker with 34 harvests under her belt. She’s a winemaker for Vine Hill Ranch as well as consultant for brands like Heimark, Cornell, Accendo, Matt Morris and Piedra Hill plus a few others. She’s under the radar but her influence is vast and is up there with names like Philippe Melka, Celia Welch and Helen Turley.