x
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    roast lamb served medium-rare

The Story

Each year, we choose only the most distinct small lots of fruit grown in the red rocky soil of our vineyard on Pritchard Hill, we choose just the best barrels and blend them together to create the new vintage of OVID. Napa Valley. The wine is a blend of the four Bordeaux varietals grown here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, varying in proportion from year-to-year but always eloquently conveying this special place.

We produce four distinct red wine bottlings from our 15-acre estate vineyard: our flagship OVID. Napa Valley wine (Cabernet Sauvignon), Hexameter (Cabernet Franc), Loc. Cit. (produced from two adjacent blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon) and our estate Syrah. In addition, we also craft our “Experiment” wines each year – always different in their origins, blends, varietals and winemaking practices.

 

Read more
Close

Wine Information

This natural predetermination was particularly potent in 2015, the seaso n that followed three years of drought in California. With naturally limited resources, Ovid’s vines produce d less than ha lf of our historical average. Though the vines produced FEWER BERRIES PER CLUSTER, cleverly they were BEAUTIFULLY LONG & LOOSE clusters–ideal for ensuring uniform ripening and exposure. A temperate summer gently ripened this fruit , extending harvest into the last week of Septemb er. And wh ile small in volume, the resulting wines from this vintage are WRIT LARGE–fresh, vibrant and utterly compelling.

Read more
Close

Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

Be the first one to make a 20s tasting note!

Written Notes

A blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2015 Proprietary Red Wine comes charging out of the gate with gregarious crushed black cherries, chocolate mint and crème de cassis scents plus suggestions of red roses, Christmas cake, sandalwood, cloves and unsmoked cigars with a waft of shaved pencils. Full-bodied, concentrated and boldly fruited, with wonderfully decadent in the mouth, the plushly textured palate gives bags of spicy black fruits and a minty kick to the epically long finish.

“With the Cabernet Franc being so beautiful, it was hard for us to ignore,” said Ovid’s winemaker, Austin Peterson, of the winery’s concept behind the creation of Hexameter. In 2006 Ovid was mainly Cabernet Franc; after that it was decided that in exceptional years for the grape, they would make Hexameter. “Hexameter is another expression of the estate," Peterson says. “Both Ovid and Hexameter express the site in very compelling ways."

  • 96p
Load more notes

Information

Origin

St. Helena, Napa Valley

Highlights

Latest news

TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW2020 received over 3 million votes! / The most voted wine is Penfolds Grange 2015
VINTAGE NEWS: 2010 / Vintage Reports by Château Latour and Lafite:  After a mild and rainy autumn 2009, r  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS MOST FAKED WINE / TOP 30 LIST
VINTAGE NEWS: 1945 / Tastingbook’s TOP 10 wines from 1947&1945 tasting  (66 wines tasted) 1. Chât  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS BWW 2020 - Best Wine Shop of the World have been selected  / Millésima from France is the Winner.
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS ROBERT PARKER’S ‘MAGICAL 20’ THRIVING IN 2020 / Buyers who took a punt on Robert Parker’s ‘Magical 20’ Bordeaux wines from the 2009 vintage would be looking at average gains of 40% today, according to Liv-ex.
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Neil Hadley MW elected chair of the Institute of Masters of Wine / Neil Hadley MW has become the first Australian to head the Institute of Masters of Wine
WINE NEWS: Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial 2010 / CASTILLO YGAY, CHOSEN AS BEST GRAN RESERVA IN THE WORLD Falstaff magazine, one of the most presti  more ...
WINE NEWS: Grange Hermitage 1951 / Penfolds' chief winemaker reveals the secret to the perfect plonk after bottle of the famous Gra  more ...
WINERY NEWS Krug / A New Chapter at Krug Champagne Julie Cavil succeeds longtime winemaker and mentor Eric Lebel as   more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS Symington Family Estates Launches "School of Port" / New digital platform will provide education and training for wine professionals and wine lovers alike to learn more about Port and the Douro region
WINE NEWS: Dom Pérignon 2010 / The luminous sweetness of tropical fruit – green mango, melon, pineapple – instantly shi  more ...
VINTAGE NEWS: 1945 / Tastingbook’s TOP 10 wines from 1947&1945 tasting  (66 wines tasted) 1. Chât  more ...
WINERY NEWS Château Margaux /          VINTAGE  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS 100 Best Champagnes for 2020  / Dom Pérignon is a winner again!
WINERY NEWS Warre's / The New Normal 2019 Douro Harvest Report It is easy for visitors to the Douro to assume that  more ...
WINERY NEWS Diamond Creek Vineyards / Louis Roederer Champagne to buy Diamond Creek Vineyards Roederer is about to add another gem, Dia  more ...
TASTINGBOOK WINE NEWS One of the most famous names in the global wine trade, Michael Broadbent MW, has died aged 92. / Robert Joseph remembers Michael Broadbent MW, who led an extraordinary life in wine.

Wine Moments

Here you can see wine moments from tastingbook users. or to see wine moments from your world.
Incorrect Information
If you found some information that is wrong, let us know
Are you sure you want do delete this wine? All information will be lost.
Are you sure you want to recommend this wine?
Are you sure you want hide this written note ?
Are you sure you want show this written note ?

HOW TO USE TASTINGBOOK?

We recommend you to share few minutes for watching the following video instructions of how to use the Tastingbook. This can provide you a comprehensive understanding of all the features you can find from this unique service platform.

This video will help you get started



Taste wines with the Tastingbook


Create Your wine cellar on 'My Wines'



Explore Your tasted wines library



Administrate Your wine world in Your Profile



Type a message ...
Register to Tastingbook
Register now, it's fast, easy and totally free. No commitments, only enjoyments.
  Register