In the 1980s, Hugh Tietjen, acquired a small parcel in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley. This location was selected as an ideal site to grow cabernet sauvignon for Monticello Vineyards. Located not far from the base of the Mayacamas Mountains on the western side of Napa Valley, this 7-acre property was planted in the 1980s entirely to cabernet sauvignon. Two clones were selected, including the much-respected Clone #8 and a special selection of bud wood we refer to as the ‘Cope’ Clones.

The majority of the wine from the Tietjen Vineyard is blended with wines from other vineyards to create our CORLEY RESERVE Cabernet Sauvignon, the Monticello Vineyards Jefferson Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon, and the CORLEY Proprietary Red Wine.


Climate: Moderately warm, still marginally influenced by early morning fog. Western bench area is cooler, with less late afternoon sun, tempered by afternoon marine winds. Usual summer peak temperatures are mid-90°F with good diurnal range.

Soils: Western benchland is sedimentary, gravelly-sandy and alluvial, with good water retention and moderate fertility.

Principal characteristics: This is “Cabernet country.” Quite intense cherry and mineral, almost earthy aromas, flavors are full, ripe, and notably currant with firm, but supple tannins for extended aging.


Monticello Vineyards 2006 Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon / Rutherford

A grand expression of the winery’s trademark elegance, the 2006 Tietjen Vineyard Cabernet is a lush, very smooth wine. It opens with a lovely nose packed with sweet cherry and raspberry, with soft hints of vanilla and spice. Sleek tannins carry ripe berry flavors across the palate with lovely notes of vanilla, toffee, oak, and herbs providing a very nice depth. Only 224 cases were produced, so enjoy this one while it is still available.

Score: 92