Napa Valley AVA
Set in the unique winegrowing region of Mt. Veeder, Anthem Winery was formed to produce small quantities of handcrafted wines from the most distinctive and promising mountainous vineyards in Napa Valley.
Founded in 2009 by Julie and Justin Arbuckle, Anthem Winery is nestled within the Mt. Veeder AVA of Napa Valley. This one-of-a-kind appellation, with the highest elevations in the Valley (up to 2,400 feet), has one of the most extreme and rugged growing conditions with steep, winding slopes that demand nearly all vineyard work to be done by hand. The result? Extraordinary wines with pronounced depth, complexity, and intensity. For this reason, Julie and Justin Arbuckle zeroed in on Mt. Veeder when they began their search for a home and vineyard in the world-renowned wine-growing region of Napa Valley.
The Arbuckles met back in 1990 while attending UC Berkeley. When they first visited Napa Valley in 1996, it was love at first sight. They were
captivated with the natural beauty of the land and vineyards, and all of the amazing experiences, food, and wine the Valley had to offer. It was clear this place would be very special to them. After Julie and Justin were married in 1999, they opted to honeymoon in Napa Valley, staying at the beautiful Silverado Resort and Auberge du Soleil. By 2005, they were spending so much time in Napa that they decided to search for a permanent home there while expecting their first child. The couple was especially drawn to Mt. Veeder, with its ability to produce some of the best wines they had ever tasted. So, it was here that they purchased some land and began the groundwork of Anthem Winery.
The Mt. Veeder property already had a small Merlot vineyard on site, but the Arbuckles got to work planting additional acreage to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. Today, this six-acre estate vineyard is ‘Napa Green’ certified, which shows the Arbuckles’ commitment to sustainability and protecting the land, its natural beauty, and valuable resources. In addition to crafting wines from their estate vineyard, Julie and Justin also source fruit from a couple of reputable sites nearby - Carsi Ranch and Beckstoffer Las Piedras. It is their hope to build a Napa Green winery and tasting room adjacent to their Mt. Veeder vineyards in the near future.
Winemaker for Anthem Winery is Jeff Ames, an explosive talent who has made some of California’s most acclaimed wines from some of the state’s most notable vineyards. He shares the Arbuckles’ guiding principle of working for only the highest quality from vine to bottle, and together, they have put Anthem Winery on the map with the top producers in the Valley.
We hope you enjoy this wonderful wine from Anthem Winery. Cheers!
Map of the area
Dear Platinum Wine Club Members
Anthem Winery is a small, family-owned winery in Napa Valley’s gorgeous Mt. Veeder Appellation. Our 2016 Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is an extraordinarily special wine from our own vineyards. Comprised of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 7% Petit Verdot, we planted all the vines that produced this ultra-premium mountain Cabernet Sauvignon in 2007 and 2008. Our first harvest was not until 2011, and each year since then, our rock-star winemaker Jeff Ames has only continued to perfect our deep and powerful Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Mt. Veeder appellation is known for the rare, intense, and high quality Cabernets it produces. The quality of Mt. Veeder wines is unparalleled, especially when Mother Nature cooperates. Our estate vineyards are planted on beautiful, open knolls atop the western hillsides of Napa Valley. Located at 400 feet in the Mayacamas Mountain range, our vineyards get plenty of sunshine, which allows us to get our grapes perfectly ripe year in and year out. The result is a blockbuster Cabernet that you can decant and drink now, or cellar for 10+ years.
I know that you will enjoy our Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet as much as we do and hope that you get to share it with friends and family!