Molly Hill, winemaker at Sequoia Grove Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley, thinks that the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage is going to be phenomenal—“starry-eyed emoji” level. A big part of this exciting prediction is based on the drought conditions that CA and Napa Valley saw this year: what’s not necessarily great for some crops is actually excellent for grapes and, ultimately, for wine quality. Find out why you should set your heart on the 2021 vintage in the video.

A little bit about winemaking

Molly Hill’s winemaking style emphasizes varietal expression, finesse, and balance, producing some of the finest Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines. As she says, “Balance to me means nothing stands out—not alcohol, not tannin, not acid, nor fruit nor barrel.”

What do clones have to do with grapes? Read about how Molly utilizes Cabernet clones to craft wines: Custom-Fit Cabernet Clones at Sequoia Grove.

Learn about what fining in winemaking means with Molly.

Don’t miss her interview on The Inside Wine Podcast: Sequoia Grove Winemaker Molly Hill Talks Napa Valley Wine


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Diana studied Anthropology at Penn State and Food Culture & Communications at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. After living la bella vita in Italy for six years, she returned to the U.S. and landed in NYC. She has been working in wine since 2012 and holds WSET 2. Loves Nebbiolo and amaro. Talk to her about Italy.

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