92pts Wine Advocate: The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful nose of cassis and blackberry, good clean spiciness from the oak and is medium to full-bodied. This wine can be approached now, but should be even better in several years and last for 15-20 or more.
90pts Vinous: White Rock's 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific introduction to the house style. Black cherry, plum, graphite, smoke, leather and licorice endow this masculine, virile Cabernet Sauvignon with considerable personality.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
800 cases produced
Originally a land grant to Salvador Vallejo, the original parcel was purchased by Dr. Pettingill in 1870. Dr. Pettingill was a globetrotter and bon vivant but he is also known to have been a dentist, brewer, winemaker, and horse breeder; a character bigger than life, impassioned by science and the land. The vineyard he planted was one of the earliest plantings in Napa Valley. In 1871, using only a hand saw to cut the white rock he quarried from the property, he constructed a winery in which he would process 7,000 gallons of wine per year. Dr. Pettingill also designed two cellars, where he began the tradition of bottle ageing his wine for 4 years before release. The style of the wines produced at White Rock reflects the values that the Vandendriessches have cultivated their entire lives – balance, complexity, intensity and ageability.
In 2017, the Vandendriessche family homes, as well as the property’s barns and sheds, were burned to the ground in the Atlas Fire in Napa on October 12, as well as the cave where they make their wine looked ravaged from the outside, with hundreds of shattered wine bottles spilling out from its central door.
White Rock Vineyards assesses fire damage, looks to rebuild