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D. R. Stephens Estate

Moose Valley Vineyard

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
St. Helena
Release Date October 2019
  • A one-barrel block selection from our Moose Valley Vineyard

  • 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Estate grown


Mike Hirby

Mike Hirby, Winemaker

My goal is to make wines which are individualistic and diverse in flavor, texture, and aromatic profile. My winemaking practices are deeply entrenched within a naturalist philosophy. I believe that the best wines offer the most beautiful expression of a specific place, grape varietal, and vintage, and I try to guide the wine through its elevage toward that end.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
10-15 years
Education
BA in Philosophy of Music from The Colorado College and classes in winemaking and viticulture at Napa Valley College.

I worked as a Sommelier for two years following graduation from The Colorado College before deciding that winemaking was my true path. After spending several months tasting my way through the wine country in Spain and France, I made my way to Napa Valley. I worked in the cellar with Les Behrens of Behrens and Hitchcock for 2 years until I was hired as the winemaker for Realm Cellars in 2002. I have since gone on to make wine for several different high-end projects, as well as my own brand, Relic Wines. I joined D. R. Stephens Estate as winemaker in 2010.