2018 Hoopla Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Hoopla Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

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The winery dedicates this wine to Dante, the vineyard dog in charge enough to be called the “original boss.” Despite the playfulness of the label, this is a serious and seductive Bordeaux-style wine. Worth noting is that in 2018, the blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot was sourced entirely from the Napa Valley. The wine seduces with layers of dark fruit flavors but remains balanced with acidity and well-integrated oak. This is a Napa Cabernet that’s both food-friendly and affordable, needing no special occasion to open and enjoy with friends or family.  


Winery Description

Located on prime Napa Valley real estate, where the Oakville AVA borders Yountville, the Hoopes Vineyard is a family business with a twist: it’s a father-daughter operation – in which (daughter) Lindsay Hoopes has full control of managing the business. Her father, Spencer Hoopes, came to farming and winegrowing by following his passion for collecting great wines. In 1983, he planted a ten-acre vineyard in the Oakville AVA and was soon supplying premium fruit to several esteemed wineries. 15 years later, he started his own label in order to make the aromatic wines with balance and structure that he loved most. A sweetspot for Cabernet Sauvignon, the Oakville AVA features well-drained sandy and gravelly soils as well as a slightly warmer climate that allows this late-ripening variety to develop rich and complex flavors. Think “Napa Cab” and you are probably thinking “Oakville” - as it is home to many of the Valley’s most iconic wines. Hence, it’s not surprising that Hoopes Vineyard focuses on Cabernet. But, as a small enterprise comprising estate vineyards as well as a winery, Hoopes Vineyard represents the pure relationship between grape grower and winemaker in a way that few do in the Napa Valley anymore. Under the flagship Hoopes label, the winery produces Cabernet from its estate vineyard in Oakville as well as from select vineyards in other parts of the Valley. 

These wines, produced through meticulous farming and a minimalist approach to winemaking, are deep and complex and will reward years of cellaring. This label also includes Sauvignon Blanc from Coombsville as well as Chardonnay from Carneros. The winery also launched Hoopla, originally as a way to utilize the barrels that didn’t make it into the top blends but now as a label that emphasizes the fun and joie de vivre of a life in - or with - wine. The dog on the label is Dante, Spencer’s faithful and energetic terrier (now deceased), whose boundless energy might symbolize how we should approach wine in our lives - with a sense of play and fun rather than formality and seriousness.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Napa Valley
Winery Hoopes/Hoopla
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.5 x 33.0
Case Size 31.5 x 24.5 x 34.0
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code HP18LNC

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Tasting notes

This ruby red starts with aromas of blackberries, black plum and roasted coffee. The palate is dense with flavors of blackberries, black cherry, and cocoa powder wrapped in velvety tannins. Vanilla bean emerges in the lengthy finish. 



Aged 24 months in 50% new French oak barrels.

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