Hesperian produces small lots of single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Philippe Langner, owner and winemaker, worked at Château Clarke for 5 years and learned from some of the best winemakers in the industry including master blender Michel Rolland.
As Philippe describes “wine is a game of patience” – he crafts his wines for the long run, thinking 10 years out. Some of his wines are big and muscular upon release, built to age and develop over time – wines one would lay down for a number of years. He further ages the wines up to two years in bottle before their release so current release wines are typically about 5 years post vintage date. With that said, the Hesperian wines are not big in alcohol but rather showcase structure and depth. They are also food friendly wines, best appreciated and enjoyed with a meal. At the core of Hesperian’s wines are Philippe’s respect for terroir and varietal characteristics.
The name Hesperian is tied into Greek mythology; the Garden of the Hesperides was located in the west, on the Iberian peninsula (Spain & Portugal). Hesperian means “of the west” or relating to the west in Greek. Philippe chose this name for a variety of reasons – because of Napa’s location in the western-most part of the mainland USA and Greek and Latin are the roots of the English language. He chose a name that is reflective of location, rather than his own name as he wanted to convey that wine making is about the terroir.
"Still very lively and fresh. Aromas of cassis, earth, pepper. Fresh plum, raspberry, dark cherry, graphite and cedar. Mouthfeel is smooth with some nice and elegant structure.