Abreu: An Eye for Perfection

Retail Team | November 18, 2023

David Abreu, a respected viticulturist in the Napa Valley, sees the land as few others do. Raised on a Rutherford Ranch, he appraises vineyard sites with a painter’s eye, sizing up how a hillock here or sun exposure there could help a client unlock greatness.

That exceptional talent for maximizing a plot’s potential has earned him the business of blue-chip customers such as Bryant Estate, Harlan Estate, Screaming Eagle, Grace Family Vineyards, Staglin, and others.

When David purchased his own vines in 1986, his insistence on flawless fruit and unstinting rigor in the vineyard quickly elevated his winery to cult status. Joined by winemaker Brad Grimes, a quiet perfectionist like David himself, Abreu’s wines rank among the finest to emerge from modern Napa.

Sotheby’s Wine is proud to present a rare selection of the four single-vineyard cuvées Abreu released in 2013. We invite you to explore these monumental bottlings with an exclusive, limited-time offer.

The Cappella vineyard is among the oldest sites in St. Helena, located beside a graveyard where legends like André Tchelistcheff and Charles Krug are buried. The vines – painstakingly replanted by David – yielded just 206 cases in 2013, loaded with extraordinary opulence and sensuous texture.

Madrona Ranch, the first property David developed in the 1980s, is often thought of as the heart of Abreu. Located at the base of Spring Mountain, a range of soils from red Aiken to dark clay supply the Cabernet Sauvignon-driven red with dazzling complexity and, in this vintage, 100-point praise.

The Thorevilos Bordeaux Blend, from a steep hillside plot behind St. Helena’s Meadowood Estate, is a stunning tour-de-force effort that also received a perfect score in 2013, matching awesome tannic power with floral finesse.

The Las Posadas vineyard, purchased by David in 2000, sits high atop Howell Mountain and produces a wine with a similarly immense structure, full-bodied and showing massive concentration. Impeccable expressions of Napa terroir, these are wines to savor over a lifetime.