Sang-Froid Estate Cabernet 2016
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Our 2016 Sang-Froid Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from a single 1.06 acre block on our property. Planted in 1992 to the Grace Family clone on 110R Rootstock.

Whole berry small lot fermentation for 22 months in 70% new, thin stave, tight grain, French oak from Taransaud, Boutes, Remond.

Tasting Notes

Fresh black currant, brambly blackberry, with hints of mocha and exotic spice. Enters full and plush, concentrated mid-palate, mouth coating texture with a firm acid backbone, supple tannins and lingering finish. This fruit-focused, food-friendly Napa Cabernet is ready upon release and will age gracefully for well over 15 years.

Release Date

     March 1st, 2019

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Wine Reviews

2016 Sang-Froid Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon


“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is laced with the essence of inky dark fruit, chocolate, plum, espresso, licorice, and leather. Powerful, simple, and creamy, the 2016 is an attractive wine from this site in northern St. Helena.”


“The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is an estate wine that comes from a tiny 1.06 acre block located off Lodi Lane in St. Helena. Aged 22 months in 70% new French oak, it offers a thrilling bouquet of ripe blue fruits, green herbs, graphite, cedar pencil, and an almost Tapenade-like character. Beautifully complex, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, notable freshness and purity, and building tannins, which give the wine a more tight, backward vibe. It’s a brilliant wine that needs 4-5 years of bottle age and will cruise for 15-20 years, possibly longer. This is the first time I’ve tasted a wine from this estate, but I am certainly impressed.”


“The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is scented of cassis, black plums, mocha, and licorice with chargrill and cigar box wafts. The palate is medium to full bodied, taut, muscular, grainy, and layered.”

2015 Sang-Froid Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon


Antonio Galloni, the founder of Vinous, a wine website with subscribers in 75 countries, was the lead critic at Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate. Mr. Galloni tasted the debut vintage of Estate Grown 2015 Sang-Froid Cabernet Sauvignon in December 2017 and described his experience:

This is the first wine I have tasted from Sang-Froid Vineyards. The site, formerly the James Johnson Vineyard, is located just off Lodi Lane in Northern St. Helena and was planted in 1989 with Grace Clone Cabernet. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is plush, ripe and voluptuous, as wines from this sector of St. Helena tend to be. Super ripe dark cherry, blueberry jam, cloves, spice and mocha infuse this creamy, voluptuous wine. Full-bodied and voluptuous, with tremendous fruit intensity and tons of near medium-term appeal, the 2015 has much to offer. I can’t wait to see where this goes in coming years. Winemaker Keith Emerson did a terrific job with the 2015.

Drinking Window: 2018-2025

Points: 92

Scale Definition - 90-95 Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out.

Sang-Froid Vineyards

Cork Taint Guarantee

“Cork taint” is the operative term for wine spoilage detected after bottling, Cork is considered to be the primary factor in promoting “taint” even though wooden barrels, storage, and transport can contribute to “corked” or “corky” wine detected almost immediately upon opening.

A principal factor in cork taint is the presence of the chemical compound trichloroanisole (TCA). According to Wikipedia, TCA is one of the chief factors associated with mold found in cork. Corked wine affected by TCA is commonly described variously as having the characteristic odors of moldy newspapers, wet dogs, or dank basements that indisputably takes the bloom off expectations for a supposedly sublime bottle of wine.

Portocork International, founded in 1977 in Santa Maria de lamas, Portugal, now has offices and production facilities in the United States and around the world. Every bottle of Sang-Froid Vineyard’s whole berry Cabernet Sauvignon is protected with a Portcork cork.

Portocork’s patented NDTECH cork analysis process comes with the promise that no wine will ever manifest cork taint; Portcork will refund the full retail cost of each bottle should it ever occur.

Sang-Froid Vineyards reliance on Portocork helps ensure that its Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon will maintain a premier flavor and texture profile making it both eminently drinkable and collectible.
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Whence Sang-Froid?

Sang-Froid (sahn frwa) is the French noun for “cold blood.” Employed colloquially rather than literally, sang-froid is a synonym for composure, equanimity, nonchalance, self-possession, unflappability, imperturbability, and cool-headedness.

The St. Helena, California vineyard Sang-Froid was originally named Sanglier, the French word for wild boar. Following the purchase, but not delivery of the Sanglier signage, John’s wife Paula and a friend stopped for coffee in Healdsburg and sat in the city plaza.

Their eyes simultaneously locked on a sign directly across the street: Sanglier Wines.

John’s immediate response to learning of the existence of Sanglier Wines was to grab a French-English dictionary and find a French word that contained as many letters in Sanglier as possible in order to salvage as much of the signage as possible.

Sang-Froid took the prize with five letters: S-A-N-G-I.

Plenty of sang-froid was manifested when responding to the title calamity.
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Sang-Froid Vineyards

John D. Murphy and Paula L. Key, Ph.D., proprietors of Sang-Froid Vineyards, bottled their first estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon (2015), in 2017. John was a professor and higher education entrepreneur who helped establish, in 1989, one of the first accredited online degree programs in the nation. Paula is a founder and president of a financial planning group with offices in Old Town Napa and throughout California.

John wrote and produced an award winning feature film, Valley of the Heart’s Delight starring Pete Postlethwaite, Gabriel Mann, Diana Scarwid, Tom Bower, Emily Harrison and Bruce McGill, and recently completed the stage play, The Refugees,” a period comedy based on a Guy De Maupassant short story.

Paula and John are adventure travelers and hikers having visiting some 80 countries and six (John) out of the seven (Paula) continents. Celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary, they live surrounded by their limited production Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard with a poodle, Balzac (BZ), the Formosan Mountain dog, Rocky, and Paula’s 1969 Citroen 2CV that has a starring role on the Sang-Froid label.