Wallis Family Estate produces less than 1,000 cases per year of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Diamond Mountain District and St. Helena Appellations. We strive to ensure that our most loyal supporters are guaranteed an allocation of these award winning Cabernets through our wine club. The past 5 Napa Valley vintages have been remarkable and this is a great way to add a collection of Wallis wines to your cellar.
In 1975, Edward Wallis fell in love with the 85 acre property in Calistoga on Diamond Mountain Road, but it wasn't until 1997 that his interest turned to wine. He and his wife Marilyn planted 10 acres of vines, of predominately of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Every detail was meticulously thought out and in turn, captured the interest of Napa Valley's top winemakers.
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Thomas Rivers Brown is the winemaker responsible for this delightful Napa Cab. Made from 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Diamond Mountain District, it is aged for 20 months in 80 percent new French oak and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. It is garnet-ruby in color with aromas of crushed violets, pencil lead, and ripe black fruits in the bouquet. The palate offers flavors of cassis, black raspberry, and tobacco leaf with silky tannins and a finish that goes on and on. Only 250 cases produced.
A stunningly structured, layered wine that is just starting to show itself. It’s classic Diamond Mountain, with firm, grippy tannins that carry dense blackberry, currants, dried herbs and spice through a long finish. You’ll want some of this for your trophy cellar — and I’d say hands off for at least five years. Fantastic wine! A Platinum award winner at the 2017 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.
This is the Wallis Family’s hotrod Cabernet from Diamond Mountain and it definitely has the horsepower for the role. Rich and dense, with impressive depth, this is a darkly fruited Cabernet that has that rare combination of power and elegance. Notes of ripe cassis and black fruits dominate, with a touch of wood spice and ample tannin for the long haul, though drinking exceptionally well at this young stage. A Platinum Award winner at the 2019 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition.
One of my two favorite sub-AVA’s of Napa Valley brings us this Cabernet Sauvignon, one made beautiful through the struggle of growing in the region. There’s a red fruit stamp that often originates from the area, and it’s well displayed here through careful oak selection that serves to accentuate the fruit without burying it. Well done! Made by Thomas Rivers Brown.