Acid lives, youth blossoms
Located in southern Napa Valley, Safi's cool, gravelly soils are characterized by a long vine season. The Caberune Sauvignon is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 22 days, 50% aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months, and bottled unfiltered. The acidity is firm and the taste is lively. Tannins are soft and somewhat reserved wine.
Fermented in stainless steel. Aged In 50% new oak barrels for 18 months. Bottled unfiltered.
Founded in 2015 by Philip Holbrook and Will Prim. We started with two barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon at Howell Mountain Diojin Ridge in Napa Valley. After working organically and dryland growing in Coombsville and Howell Mountain, he soon began partnering with like-minded growers in Napa Valley and Northern California's Sonoma, producing non-Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo and Pinot grapes. We have increased the number of wines such as Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. In 2019, we went back to our roots and focused more on making our own branded wines using Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc grown on our own Napa Valley farms. In 2001, Cabernet Sauvignon was planted at Diojins Ridge, 550 meters above sea level on Howell Mountain. This certified organic field is divided into 7 plots with different temperatures and slope directions, and Aiken volcanic soil, which is rare in Napa Valley. It produces wines with complex and deep flavors. In 2013 we planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc at Safi Vineyards in Coombsville, south of Napa Valley. Safi is named after Philip and his sister Sasha, who grew up here. The cool climate and gravelly loam soils produce grapes with excellent acidity that last longer than any other Napa Valley AVA. Philip Holbrook's grandmother, who is also a winemaker, was the beloved wife of Robert Mondavi, Marguerite Mondavi, and grew up in Coombsville. When I was in college, I became involved in winemaking under the influence of my cousin Nathan Roberts. I worked for Robert Mondavi for two years from 2016 to 2018 and studied under Genevieve Jansens, chief winemaker and head of Opus One, and Joe Harden. In 2018, he moved to Nickel & Nickel and is still active as a member of this brewing team. Philippe's grandmother, Marguerite Mondavi, was also an artist, and the Levik label was inspired by her paintings.