Founded in 1984 by winemaker Michael Havens, Havens Wine Cellars have earned distinction for its Merlot, Syrah and their Bordeaux-style red blend called Bouriquot.
Havens Wine Cellars is located just south of Yountville and a short quieting drive off Highway 29, Napa Valley’s main winery tour route. The pastoral 10-acre site located on the Mayacamas benchland includes a 7½ acre vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah grapes lovingly tended.
Our own estate vineyard on Hoffman Lane, planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Syrah, is an interesting variation on the south Napa Valley vineyard characteristics we value so much. First, we are actually in a little warmer spot here than many of our other vineyards because we sit close to the Mayacamas foothills, slightly in their lee from the prevailing south wind. This means that our daily cooling from the marine airflow is a bit delayed, keeping us warmer for an hour or two longer than vineyards even a few miles east. On the other hand, since we sit on the east-facing slope, we don’t get the full heat of the afternoon sun like vineyards just across the Valley, five miles away in the Stags Leap District. All this combines to define what is called the “diurnal range,” or the daily swing of temperature and wind, and we think it is the single most important factor in a vineyard’s terroir. Our soils here on Hoffman Lane are deep, but include a lot of gravel in the clay loam, and thus they can dry out quickly without drip irrigation. We are still learning the subtleties of farming this site, but have found Syrah here especially well-adapted to the place.
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This year's Albarino recalls its predecessors: floral scents of citrus blossom, early pear, and lychee fruit jump from the glass. High natural acidity accentuates the intense, lively mineral quality that is its hallmark. Chefs often notice that this minerality makes it among the very best wines to... more
Black & Blue is a wine of huge character, offering a load of sweet fruit and balancing spice. We have no doubt it will age for many years into a wine as evocative and engaging as its predecessors. It's a variation on a theme most wine lovers have heard, the Napa Valley Cabernet theme, but it's... more
The 2005 Black & Blue is a wine of huge character, offering a load of sweet fruit and balancing spice. We have no doubt it will age for many years into a wine as evocative and engaging as its predecessors. It's a variation on a theme most wine lovers have heard, the Napa Valley Cabernet theme, but... more
Our 2005 Napa Valley Merlot is now showing the potential of this vintage: bright fruit, layers of complexity, charming texture. It is a wine of texture, engaging the sense of depth on the palate. In the choice between immediacy and complexity, this wine leans ever so slightly to complexity, a... more
In 2004, after a lovely, moderate summer with very little fog but no real hot spells, the last week of August turned hot and dry, with offshore conditions prevailing for almost ten straight days. Persisting into the second week of September, it brought the Syrah to ripeness (25.0% sugar) with... more
The relative warmth of 2004 is evident in this Syrah's rich, meaty character. But its cooler terroir shows in the mocha-coffee hints and the bright, peppery spring to its finish on the palate. What you also will taste here is a wine that is balanced between its fleshy elements (round fruit and... more
Bright medium ruby. Complex nose melds smoky black raspberry, brown spices, mocha and smoked meat. Dense and fresh, with a sappy spice character and an intriguing saline quality. Concentrated and exhilaratingly high-toned in the mouth, with a nicely restrained sweetness. Thanks to low yields, this... more
A blend of 92% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon.
With a full two years bottle aging before release, the 2004 Merlot Carneros has already developed into a distinctive wine: black fruits, hints of allspice, mace, and anise, and a broad-but-firm backbone. This wine shows off 2004's... more
A blend of 95% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our 2004 Napa Valley Merlot is now full and luscious, in a sense the most classic style for Napa Valley. This wine is destined to be a crowd-pleaser, offering a juicy, rich mouth-feel and varietally true black fruits. Yet the... more