Five Sons is a small, two-family operation in St. Helena that launched with an inaugural 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Perry and Curtin families have five sons between them, and the grapes are sourced from the Perry’s Two Sons Vineyard in the St. Helena district. Planted in 1997, the one-acre vineyard is just above the Grace Family Vineyard. Grapes from Two Sons were used for Grace Family blends from 2000-2007. Fewer than 200 cases of Five Sons are produced annually.
St. Helena AVA is at the northern end of Napa Valley just north of Rutherford and south of Calistoga. It is a relatively warm climate thanks to the Mayacamas Mountains on its western edge, which protect it from Pacific Ocean fog. Out of the 9,000 acres in the appellation, some 1,500 are under vine. The principal grapes grown in St. Helena are the Bordeaux grapes of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. St. Helena is considered prime wine producing territory, and it was one of the first important wine producing regions in northern California. The legendary Charles Krug founded his winery just north of the town of St. Helena in 1873, and today the appellation is home to many prestigious producers, including Abreu, Grace Family and Spottswoode.
One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.