Passion is a powerful emotion. After spending most of their adult lives in Chicago, David and Susan Sabin moved to Napa Valley to pursue their passion and love for wine and relaxed country living.
We love visiting David and Susan at their home in St. Helena. On our first visit, we tasted their wines and fell in love with the quality and passion behind them, which shows through with every sip. Now, it is one of our favorite places to visit (they are like family) and to send our wine club members in Napa for a private, family run, winery tasting experience.
In 2002, David and Susan Sabin established Sabina Vineyards, which they named in honor of David’s mother, Sabina Sabin who was the Matriarch of the family. The vineyard is perched on the eastern facing slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains just below Stony Hill’s vineyards. This is one of those unique, high-end hillside vineyard neighborhoods that you find in select parts of the Napa Valley. Vineyard and winery neighbors include Colgin’s Tychson Hill, Vineyard 29 and Grace Family (not too shabby – if you are into those cult wines!). Together David and Susan have created a winery estate based on the small, family-owned Burgundian properties they have visited over years of travel to famous winegrowing regions. Their primary focus is the production of world-class Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, and like us, they are committed to organic farming. The Sabin Winery, built as the foundation for their home. I mean that literally: the winery is the first floor of their house! It was designed to maximize an efficient flow for hands-on, artisanal winemaking. While the Cabernet Sauvignon Vineyards are on property (they surround the Sabin’s home), the Sabina Pinot Noir Vineyards are located at their estate in Willamette Valley, Oregon, one of the world’s premier growing regions for Pinot Noir grapes.
Another friend of ours, expert wine maker, Alejandro Alfaro, oversees the Sabin’s vineyards, and the crushing and winemaking at Sabina. Their 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is a superstar wine. You will treasure this bottle like liquid gold. I am not even going to bother with food pairing notes for this wine. Just open it and taste it by itself and be sure to share it with your best friends. Wines like this come along once or twice in a lifetime; we are just so very lucky that the Sabins decided to share from their library with us.