"Also in the giving spirit, Stanley and Helen Cheng, the owners of Hestan, a solar-powered winery in Napa, are donating $2 for every bottle of their Hestan, Meyer and Stephanie wine brands sold during the month of November to the Fund for Gulf Coast Restoration. We hope this trend holds water! (And that our puns get better.)" -- The Wine Spectator
2006 Hestan Napa Valley Cabernet...$79.99
Rated 97/100 Wine Enthusiast
From winemaking superstar, Mark Herold.
"Massive, dramatic, beautiful, intense, but young and firm in tannins, with a cut of fresh acidity. Shows concentrated blackberries, black currants, violets, minerals and cedar, leading to a long, penetrating finish. Very great Cabernet, vibrant and potent, just tremendous in structure. Potentially a near-perfect wine with 4–6 years in the bottle. S.H. (4/1/2010) - 97 Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast (MA)
2006 Hestan Stephanie Cabernet Sauvignon....$45.99
Rated 96/100 Wine Enthusiast: Editor's Choice Classic and harmonious, a very solid Napa 100% Cabernet that's dry and firmly tannic in the mouth. Feels balanced, harmonious, ageworthy, a wine without seams or faults. Fruity, but not overly so, with the blackberries and black currants generously balanced by herbs, minerals and cedar. Very classic and noble wine, and one to cellar through at least 2018. (MA)
2006 Hestan Chardonnay.....$35.99
Bold, rich and creamy, with intense, concentrated fig, melon, spice and hazelnut flavors that fold together nicely, offering excellent depth and a long, persistent, elegant finish. Drink now through 2011. 400 cases made The only white wine that Mark Herold makes, this Chardonnay is gold, rich and creamy with intense melon, spice and hazelnut flavors and a long, persistent finish. Unfined and unfiltered. Mark Herold became one of Napa Valley's best-known winemaking consultants along with starting Merus, he has consulted on Kobalt, Kamen, Celani Family, Buccella and Hestan. His wines have scored extremely high in both The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate. (MA)
2005 Meyer Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$41.99
THE WINE INSIDERS "CLASSIC 95" RATING: A tremendous follow up to the 2004 vintage. Smooth, rich and creamy at the start, with spicy blackberry, black cherry and wild berry fruit that's well-centered, picking up subtle hints of anise and mocha. Teases you on the finish with a burst of fruit. Best from 2009 through 2016. 3,300 cases made. –JL (MA)
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"A southern California native, Mark Herold......Mark moved to Napa Valley to pursue winemaking in earnest. His first job was as research enologist for six years at Joseph Phelps Vineyards . Armed with the expertise gained at Phelps and motivated by the freedom to pursue his own style of winemaking, Mark and his former wife Erika Gottl launched their own Merus wines in 1998. Merus was named “one of California's most exciting new wineries” by the Wine Spectator, and Mark soon found himself in demand as a consulting winemaker specializing in limited production Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines.
In 2002, after been introduced to a bottle of Merus while dining at the French Laundry, Stanley and Helen Cheng hired Mark as consulting winemaker for their newly created Hestan label.
Mark Herold became one of Napa Valley's best-known Cabernet winemaking consultants, at in addition to Merus, he has consulted on Kobalt, Kamen, Celani Family, Buccella and Hestan. His wines have scored extremely high in both The Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate.