Unwritten Wines

Unwritten in one of the most exciting young wineries in Napa, borne of a shared love of Napa Cabernet among a group of friends who made their dream a reality. The inaugural 2014 vintage was an instant sell-out, taking pride of place on the lists of two Napa culinary institutions: The French Laundry, and Press. It has since become one of the hottest tickets in Napa.

Story

The first seeds of Unwritten were planted In the mind of Founder Randy Wiggington, who’s story began when he joined an new startup in Silicon Valley called Apple in 1976. He was ‘Employee No. 6’, working alongside Steve Jobs. Throughout the new 20 or so years he gradually became exposed to the nearby world of Napa Valley, and his life was changed when he tasted a bottle of Araujo Estate Eisele Vineyard 1995. With this new passion Instilled, he went on to form Unwritten with his co-founders in 2014.

While a novice vintner, Randy brought a bit of the Apple philosophy with him by applying the exacting attention to detail and quest to always make something “a lot better” to every step of the winemaking process. With the assistance and support of his co-founders, as well as winemaker Mark Porembski and the amazing fruit from the historic Lewelling Ranch, such attention to exacting detail has resulted in wines that continue to win admirers.

Vineyards

Unwritten began as a single-vineyard Cabernet, using fruit from the historic Lewelling Ranch In western St. Helena – a neighourhood that includes some legendary sites including Beckstoffer Dr. Crane, Spottswoode, and David Abreu’s Madrona Ranch. The team have now added two more epic vineyards to the blend, creating a unique and quite stunning picture of Napa Valley. They are David Abreu’s Las Posadas Vineyard on Howell Mountain, and Oakville Station which is adjacent to To Kalon In western Oakville.

Winemaker

Mark Porembski first became interested in wine years ago while studying poetry and discovering that some restaurants in Boston’s North End were not perfectly strict about the legal drinking age. He moved to California in 2000 to pursue his interest in wine, eventually taking on the position as Winemaker at Anomaly Vineyards. Mark founded Zeitgeist Cellars, a wine label in collaboration with his wife, Jennifer Williams, in 2005. With experience that includes dozens of wineries in Napa and a stint in Hawkes Bay New Zealand, Mark brings conscientious selection and a commitment to simple and thoughtful creation.

Latest arrivals from Unwritten Wines

2021 Unwritten, Signature Series Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 12x75cl

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Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 51 cases Las Posadas Vineyards is owned by legendary viticulturist, David Abreu. It sits above the fog line on Howell Mountain at about 600m... elevation, surrounded by a protected forest of fir and pine. Red Aiken soils are layered over white tufa, and the rocks that littered the site before it was planted now form walls defining the property. This unique terrain gives the wine an incredibly seductive bouquet of cassis, blueberries, tobacco and rose petals. Rich, concentrated, full-bodied, and structured, it's a brilliant wine that yearns for a powerful pairing. Fruit for the 2021 was harvested from 27th September to 4th October, and the wine spent 23 months in 100% new French oak (Darnajou and Taransaud), prior to bottling on 21st August, 2023.
£2,400 / Case£200 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £2,926.37 / Case, £243.86 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Unwritten, Signature Series Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain 1x75cl

JD100WI97-99
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 51 cases Las Posadas Vineyards is owned by legendary viticulturist, David Abreu. It sits above the fog line on Howell Mountain at about 600m... elevation, surrounded by a protected forest of fir and pine. Red Aiken soils are layered over white tufa, and the rocks that littered the site before it was planted now form walls defining the property. This unique terrain gives the wine an incredibly seductive bouquet of cassis, blueberries, tobacco and rose petals. Rich, concentrated, full-bodied, and structured, it's a brilliant wine that yearns for a powerful pairing. Fruit for the 2021 was harvested from 27th September to 4th October, and the wine spent 23 months in 100% new French oak (Darnajou and Taransaud), prior to bottling on 21st August, 2023.
£202 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £246.26 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Unwritten, Signature Series Oakville Station Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville 1x75cl

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Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 50 cases 2021 marks the inaugural release of the Signature Series Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, and what a vintage in which to debut! The Oakville... Station Vineyard is rich in Napa Valley history and has been proclaimed to be the most important vineyard anywhere in the world, as so many foundational experiments have been conducted on this property by viticulture students at UC Davis that have shaped the Napa Valley wine region. Sandwiched between Robert Mondavi’s Monastery Block, the Oakville Grade and Walnut Drive, it is at the heart of the original To Kalon Vineyard. For those Napa Valley history buffs, the original budwood for Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon came from the Oakville Station. Today, the modern Oakville Station comprises two vineyards of 8 hectares each: the Old Federal Vineyard, which was part of Hamilton Crabb’s Ranch (considered one of the pioneers who developed Napa Valley as a wine region) and the South Station, from Stelling’s McGill Ranch, all of which are farmed by the viticulture program at UC Davis. Fruit for the 2021 was harvested on 20th September, and the wine spent 23 months in new French oak (Darnajou and Taransuad) prior to bottling on 21st August, 2023.
£202 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £246.19 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more

2021 Unwritten, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 1x75cl

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Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Vintage production: 115 cases Unwritten is a true insider's secret, known only to those with an inside track, this gorgeous Cabernet is a unique marriage of Oakville... and Howell Mountain 'Grand Cru' Vineyards. The inaugural 2014 vintage was an instant sell-out, taking pride of place on the lists of two Napa culinary institutions: The French Laundry, and Press. It has since become one of the hottest tickets in Napa. The 2021 Unwritten Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of two prestigious vineyards from two distinct appellations: David Abreu's legendary Las Posadas Vineyard near the top of Howell Mountain, and the historic Oakville Station Vineyard on the slopes of western Oakville, where it's surrounded by Mondavi and Opus One's To Kalon holdings, and Heitz's Martha's Vineyard. The wine is a masterclass in counterpoint: the mountain fruit brings waves of density and structure while the valley floor fruit imbues the lush power that stitches the complex elements together. The fruit for the 2021 was harvested in Oakville on 20th September, and Las Posadas between 27th September and 4th October. The wine spent 23 months in 80% new French oak (Darnajou and Taransaud) prior to bottling on 21st August, 2023.
£152 / BottleDuty Status: In Bond ⋅ Price incl. of Duty & VAT: £186.24 / BottleAvailability: Future ArrivalPlease contact us to know more