The majestic Stag’s head is the perfect symbol for these new wines from Dennis and Stephen D. Kreps. 

Like the Stag, a large male deer indigenous to Europe but now found as far away as Argentina and New Zealand, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc have taken root in vineyards across most of the New World.  The symbol best represents the melding old world varietals and basic winemaking techniques with New World technology and innovation. These wines are truly the ‘best of both worlds.”


Renowned Napa Valley winemaker Robert Pepi is the magician behind these stellar wines. Grapes for the Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon come from a vineyard located on the benchlands of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, where the region’s best terrior is found.  The Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown in the High Valley AVA of Lake County, CA.  At nearly 2,000 feet elevation, they are some of the highest and best Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in the state.

2019 SAMUEL CHARLES
SAUVIGNON BLANC

This wine immediately impresses with aromas that display good intensity and lemon and green apple notes with hints of honeysuckle, passion fruit and anise, along with a touch of herbs and minerality. The flavors follow with a rich suppleness to balance the refreshingly crisp mouth-feel that leads to an enjoyable and lingering finish.

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2018 SAMUEL CHARLES
RESERVE RED BLEND

This first vintage of Samuel Charles Reserve Red Blend displays a deep concentrated purple color, is youthful and vibrant. It has layers of spice and raspberry flavors, aromas of black plum and is full bodied with a round and balanced mouth-feel and dark berry flavors. There are subtle savory notes with excellent texture on the palate, is bold yet balanced. The Zinfandel plays a positive part in this blend.

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2018 SAMUEL CHARLES
NORTH COAST CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The Samuel Charles Cabernet Sauvignon radiates intense aromas of black cherry, ripe blackberry, cedar and dried herbs, with soft touches of oak. The dark ruby color is an expression of intense fruit grown in the mountains of the North Coast. The flavors envelop the mouth with intense fruit, complex notes of dark chocolate, cranberry and spice with a hint of vanilla oak on the finish. The wine is rich velvet in the mouth softening to ripe tannins and a long, lingering structured finish.

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2018 SAMUEL CHARLES
OAK KNOLL CABERNET SAUVIGNON

This single-vineyard wine immediately impresses with dark purple hues. Scents of dusty-earthy richness are immediately noticed which might be expected as typical from this part of Oak Knoll. Hints of raspberries, lavender and dried Herbs de Provence add to the complexity. On the palate there is excellent structure and weight as expected in a top Napa Cabernet. A well-structured, ample-bodied wine, it has sufficient tannins for aging but is also enjoyable now. Has excellent balance with added notes of vanilla and chocolate with a lingering, pleasant finish.

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WINEMAKER/CONSULTANT: ROBERT L. PEPI

Bob Pepi’s dad bought land in Napa Valley in the mid-1960s and started growing grapes there just around the time that Bob himself was starting college.  While Bob’s first love was animals and his major Zoology, it wasn’t too many years before the lure of the vine took hold and Bob took courses at both the University of California’s famed Enology program in Davis, and at The Wine Lab in St. Helena.

In 1980, his dad and he started a winery on the Oakville property, which had grown to over 70 acres of some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley.  For over ten years as winemaker and general manager of Robert Pepi Wines, Bob’s wines were best-sellers and consistent 90+ ratings-grabbers.  While best know for the winery’s popular Sauvignon Blanc and Sangiovese wines, it was with his first Cabernet Sauvignon that Bob received a “Cellar Selection” designation from the Wine Spectator.

In 1991, Bob became general manager for the California operations of Stimson Lane, again producing award-winning wines, including a Cabernet-based Conn Creekwine that received the highest Wine Spectator ratings of any Stimson Lane label to that time.   

His family sold the Robert Pepi label and winery to Kendall-Jackson in 1994, leaving Bob free to take his considerable winemaking knowledge around the world as a prized consultant.  With over 60 harvests under his belt, and considerable wine business background and acumen, Bob has a combination of skills and expertise that have made him a valuable asset.  In addition to California labels such as Samuel Charles and Two Angels, 90+ rated wines with grapes from the highest vineyards in CA, Bob also lent his talents for over 15 years to Bodega Valentin Bianchi in Mendoza, Argentina.  When that relationship ended in 2017, Bob began working in Chile as a consultant for the TerraPura line of  “region-specific” varietals from some of the best-known wine-growing areas of the country.

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In 2000, a unique opportunity arose for Bob to enter into a long-term arrangement with an exceptional Napa Valley vineyard to utilize their grapes in the production of the first wine he has owned since leaving the family winery. The result, Eponymous, is a powerful Cabernet Sauvignon that has really tapped into the great pleasure Bob gets from making great wines and brings to vivid life his philosophy that wine should be about fun and enjoyment. 

Two years later, another vineyard – this time just over the ridge of the Mayacamus Mountains in Sonoma – caught his eye.  Thus, his second Eponymous — a Meritage named after the MacAllister vineyard from where the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc come – was born.  In mid-2011, Bob introduced two red varietals to the Eponymous label – a Cabernet Franc and a Syrah – followed by a Proprietary White Blend, with the grapes coming from Carneros.

When not flying around the globe helping his many clients make some of the world’s best wines, or busy tending to the vines for his own label, he can be found in his home in Napa, CA, where he enjoys being with his family and his pets, and playing an occasional “ugly” round of golf.

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