Nils Venge has been heading up winemaking at Saddleback Cellars since he planted the vines here in Oakville in 1978. With associate winemaker, Lars Bjorkman, you can count on traditional winemaking techniques that assure well-balanced, quality wines.
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Another Winery Exclusive! Summertime requires a Go-Plan: at least a few bottles of rosé on hand at any given moment. Strikingly fragrant, this blush, dry rosé will tickle your palate with bright, enticing flavors to pair excellently with picnics and pontoon boats.
Our Pinot Blanc is a unique and treasured Valley find. Sought after for its bright, floral aromas and flavors of stone fruit and silky honey, this medium-bodied white wine is a great pick for pairing with brunch and food in general.
Nils's popular Cabernet Sauvignon blend, sourced from our own Oakville District of Napa Valley. Named in honor of our best winery pooch, Chloe, who happily greets our guests. Chloe was born on July 23, 2012 in Lake County, California about 30 miles from her current home. Chloe’s mother was a Malamute, owned by long-time friends of Nils, and her father was an Australian shepherd who jumped the fence one day: a nice blend, inspiring Nils to bring her on board. Nils gave Chloe lifetime Vineyard Dog status, one of the best gigs out there.
Rare Napa Valley-grown Sangiovese is a light to medium-bodied stunner and a local favorite, growing right around the corner from Saddleback's Oakville estate.
Our classic Old Vine Zinfandel! Always a crowd pleaser!
A dark purple in the glass with aromas of black tea and ripe currant. On the palate, bright and juicy, evoking the bursts of flavor found in peak-season cherries. Balanced tannins and a medium body lead to a cool, silky, long finish. This is an immensely approachable and food-friendly red wine. Pair with steaks, lamb, herb-crusted roasts and roasted vegetables.
By blending Cabernet Franc and a touch of Merlot with only the best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2011 vintage, we created our 30th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve branded the wine “Nils” to honor Nils Venge’s great dedication to fine winemaking.
With a touch of Merlot and using only the best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2016 vintage, we created our 35th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ve branded the wine “Nils” to honor Nils Venge’s great dedication to fine winemaking. Cheers to 35 years of Saddleback Cellars!
The clever sourcing of diverse vineyard clones from around the Valley results in an exceptionally appealing well-balanced, layered Chardonnay.
This bold and robust red wine features three heavyweight varietals: Tannat, Teroldego, Temperanillo, in a brilliant blend that announces to the world Nils is still kickin' dirt, and coming out on top!
Our Oakville Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, is a Cabernet lover's Cab!!
This Zinfandel has aromas of black currants and blackberries. It has good body and flavor with hints of black tea, followed by a touch of sweetness and a long lingering finish. Excellent with beef, lamb and cheeses.
Trousseau, the varietal most famously utilized to make port wine, is leveraged by our expert team here to create a "Late Harvest" dessert wine that will light your fire.
Double trouble when you show up with this magnum of premium Napa Valley Cabernet. The 2006 vintage marked Nils' 25th Anniversary with Saddleback, and he decided to design a special bottle of Cabernet for the occasion!
Sorry, we are sold out of this vintage.
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Only 70 cases made. This cool-weather year yielded a small crop for Napa Valley Cabernet, so this precious cargo was well-treated in Nils's custom-made American oak/French oak barrels. Composition: 100% Cabernet. Aromas of violets and dark fruit abound; on the palate a brilliant, now silky balance of minerality, deep fruit and tannin. Finish is clean and lengthy.