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The Altemus family planted Red Cap Vineyards on a beautiful site near the summit of Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley. The rocky, volcanic soils and the uniqueness of the Howell Mountain microclimate produce fruit of exceptional character and quality.

Planted on virgin land in 2003 at an elevation of 1900 feet, the Aiken loam soil is deep, red, and peppered with fractured rock. The terrain is a rolling plateau at the top of the mountain. The vineyard yields about two tons of grapes per acre. Cabernet clones 4,7 and 169 were used on 101-14 rootstock and the vine spacing is five feet by seven feet.

The grapes are organically grown and hand farmed. Alfonso Elena manages the vineyard. He has been farming grapes in Napa Valley for over 35 years with extensive hillside experience. His knowledge and experience is invaluable.

Learn more at www.redcapvineyards.com

See our varietals below.


  • 2014 RUTHERFORD SAUVIGNON BLANC

    The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a single vineyard expression from a fantastic property in Rutherford. Blended with 12% Semillon, the wine exhibits a beautiful nose of apple, citrus, honeysuckle, wet stone, and minerals. In the mouth the weight and texture of this wine are immediately noticeable. Frequent stirring of the lees in neutral barrels makes this a big, layered Sauvignon Blanc. The long, lingering finish rewards you with flavors of apricot and pear and a fine minerality.
  • 2012 HOWELL MOUNTAIN CABERNET SAUVIGNON

    The power and intensity of Howell Mountain is obvious in this 2012 Cabernet. Bold, rich fruit with layers of currant, blackberry, earth, and leather. Notes of mocha, licorice, and pie dough weave their way through this intense and focused wine. The finishing texture is juicy, long and delicious with earthy black fruits, dark chocolate, espresso, and plentiful silky tannins. Accessible and delicious now, this wine will age beautifully for decades.

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