Alpha Omega Napa Valley California Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay

Alpha Omega Alpha Omega Napa Valley California Wine, Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay

Alpha Omega Napa Valley, California Cabernet Sauvignon wine producer profile, wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, history of the property, information on their wine making techniques, terroir and soil. You can also read about the Grapes used for California wine and learn about the extensive History of Napa Valley, California Wines

Alpha Omega History, Overview

Alpha Omega was created in 2006, when it was founded by Robin Bagget and Michelle Bagget. Robin Bagget was already experienced in the wine industry as previously, he was responsible for cultivating over 800 acres of vines in California. Following that massive undertaking, they founded the Tolosa winery in the San Luis Obispo area, located in the Central Coast of California.

To help build their new winery in Napa Valley, they brought in Jean Hoefliger as their wine maker. Swiss born Jean Hoefliger learned about wine making from his previous stints in Bordeaux at Chateau Lynch Bages in Pauillac and Chateau Carbonnieux, located in the Pessac Leognan appellation. Jean Hoefliger was quite knowledgeable about Napa Valley as well, because he was also the wine maker at Newton Vineyards, prior to joining Alpha Omega. Alpha Omega brought in another experienced Bordeaux alumni as their consultant, Michel Rolland. Jean Hoefliger is also involved with The Debate, another stunning California winery, which shares fruit and vineyard sources with Alpha Omega.

Alpha Omega Vineyards, Grapes, Soils, Wines, Winemaking

Alpha Omega produces wine from estate owned vines and various grape sources located in numerous appellations in the Napa Valley. It is the complex blending of all these divergent grape sources that help produce the variety of wines they make today.

In Spring Mountain, they obtain Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. In St. Helena, the purchase fruit from Beckstoffer vineyards. On Howell Mountain they obtain Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot and in Rutherford, aside from vines they own, planted to Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, they also purchase Cabernet Sauvignon from Beckstoffer, Sacrashe and Escher vineyards, as well as small amounts of grapes from Yountville, Stags Leap, Mount Veeder, Oak Knoll, Atlas Peak, Caneros, Coombsville and Jameson Canyon, Wildhorse Valley In Oakville, which is the source for their top wines, they buy fruit from Beckstoffer To Kaylon, Sklar and Garvey vineyards.

Alpha Omega as you might easily surmise, produces a very wide and diverse range of wines from all those different gape sources as you can see from the list of wines they have available.

Alpha Omega ERA Napa Valley – The average blend is 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot and 2% Merlot. 900 cases is the annual production.

Alpha Omega Dr Crane Vineyard St. Helena – Very little of this beauty is made, with an average production of about 275 cases per year.

Alpha Omega Beckstoffer Georges III Rutherford – Very little wine is produced here, as less than 150 cases are released in most vintages.

Alpha Omega Las Piedras St. Helena – In most vintages, about 225 cases are released in a single vintage.

Alpha Omega To Kaylon Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the production averages 500 cases per year.

Alpha Omega Missouri Hopper Oakville – Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the production is under 300 cases per vintage.

Alpha Omega Stagecoach Vineyard Atlas Peak – Under 450 cases are released each year.

Alpha Omega Sunshine Valley Oak Knoll – About 450 cases are made in a single vintage.

Alpha Omega Thomas Vineyard Rutherford – Under 225 cases are produced in most years.

Alpha Omega Proprietary Red comes from grapes planted in Beckstoffer To Kalon and Las Piedras. This is their second largest production, as close to 2,000 cases are made in most years.

Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit planted in several different vineyards including Beckstoffer To Kalon, Missouri Hopper and Las Piedras. This is most commercially available wine from their large portfolio, with almost 2,500 cases being made in the majority of vintages.

The estate also makes white wines:

Alpha Omega Chardonnay

Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc

Serving and Decanting Alpha Omega with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

The red wine of Alpha Omega is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-3 hours, depending on the character of the vintage. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Alpha Omega is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, ribs, hamburgers, barbecue, roasted, braised, grilled dishes and stews. Alpha Omega is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, salmon, mushrooms and pasta.

Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, the white wines of Alpha Omega are is best served with all types of seafood and shellfish, sushi, sashimi, chicken, veal, pork and cheese.

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Alpha Omega Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard ( St. Helena)

    1. Now we're talking! Combining elegance with opulence, you also find waves of intensity, with all its ripe, black, blue and dark red fruits. Velvet tannins and palate staining fruits really make a great impression. This has the structure to age and evolve for years, but it will probably drink earlier than the 2013.

      97 points - Tasted
      415 Views
  2. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard ( Napa Valley)

    1. Espresso, smoke and black cherry come to the surface. Full bodied, dense and with silky tannins, soft textures, there is freshness, luscious fruits and just a minor a touch of heat in the long, dark, fruit filled finish. This beauty was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

      96 points - Tasted
      439 Views
  3. 2014 Alpha Omega Era ( Napa Valley)

    1. Inky in color, this is full bodied, powerful, fresh, sweet and fleshy. With equal portions of black and blue fruits, licorice, vanilla tones and the structure/tannins, along with density and lift to demand some ageing. This will be much better in 3-5 years. The wine was made from a barrel selection from all of their top vineyards.

      95 points - Tasted
      513 Views
  4. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Thomas Vineyard ( Rutherford)

    1. The debut vintage for this new cuvee, the vineyards are on the east side of Rutherford, behind Whitehall Lane. Finesse in style, time is needed to soften the tannins as this wine has the structure and raw materials needed for long aging. But that's OK, as all the deep, fat, potent, black and blue fruits are ripe, juicy and pure. So lay it down for a few years to get the most of out this stunner!

      95 points - Tasted
      333 Views
  5. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard ( Oakville)

    1. Perfectly, smoky, black and blue fruits create a wine that is elegant in style, round in texture and incredibly easy to drink. The blackberries, blueberries and plums are ripe, juicy and sweet. Full bodied and soft, you can pop this today or age it as it's only going to get better from here!

      95 points - Tasted
      344 Views
  6. 2014 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red ( Napa Valley)

    1. With real depth of flavor and layers of concentrated, black and blue fruits, vanilla bean, smoke, black licorice, dark chocolate and black cherries, this offers a blend of intensity with opulence. There is vibrancy, and lift, with length and sweet fruits that stick with you.

      95 points - Tasted
      427 Views
  7. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras ( St. Helena)

    1. The wine is powerful, rich, deep and low in acidity. The fruit is there, with its ripe, sweet, flavors, the tannins take on a dusty quality that carries through to the finish. You can drink this on release, if you like them on the young side.

      92 points - Tasted
      376 Views
  8. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard ( Rutherford)

    1. A bit tight on the come out, it takes a little coaxing before you find all the smoky, fruits and espresso bean. Full bodied and concentrated, the wine is silky, lush, sweet and fresh, with just a bare hint of that famous Rutherford dust on the tannins. It's quite possible, that more of this wine is being held in reserve at the moment, so in a few years, it could prove to be even better with age.

      92 points - Tasted
      311 Views
  9. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Sunshine Valley ( Napa Valley)

    1. Earthy, graphite and black cherry is what you find first. From there, you move to the softer, elegant side of the ripe, fruit. Medium/full bodied, fresh and sweet, you can drink this in its youth, and enjoy its evolution over the next decade or longer.

      92 points - Tasted
      318 Views
  10. 2014 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard ( Atlas Peak)

    1. Metallic, in a good way, as it adds complexity to the dark berry and espresso nose. The wine is full bodied, dense and packed with tannins, from there, you find your way to the layers of deep, dark, ripe sweet, black fruits and pepper in this firm style of wine.

      91 points - Tasted
      306 Views
  11. 2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard ( St. Helena)

    1. Smoke, lead pencil, dark, red fruits and spice, this is not an upfront wine. It's going to take time and at least 5 years of patience before everything comes fully together. But when you unwrap all those layers of perfectly ripe, dark fruits, spice, earth and cigar box, you'll be happy you waited. The wine feels as good as it tastes, and reinforces that it wants a little nap before popping a cork. The wine was produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

      97 points - Tasted
      520 Views
  12. 2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard ( Napa Valley)

    1. Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the first thing that gets your attention is the black as night color. The cassis and floral notes open things up before you hit all the earthy, blackberry, blueberry, cigar box, licorice and charcoal aromatics. On the palate, the wine combines elegance with powerful, freshness with length and purity, silky tannins and a massive wall of fruit in the finish.

      97 points - Tasted
      551 Views
  13. 2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard ( Oakville)

    1. Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the juicy, dark, red fruits are right out in front. Full bodied and concentrated, the tannins are soft, there is a freshness to fruit that gives this energy. The black and blue fruit, licorice and black cherry profile, already stands out here. While delicious today, this is only going to get better from here.

      96 points - Tasted
      358 Views
  14. 2013 Alpha Omega Era ( Napa Valley)

    1. Produced from a barrel selection from all of their top vineyards, the wine starts off with black and blue, sweet, ripe, juicy fruits, espresso, caramel and a hint of licorice. Fleshy, elegant, soft and polished, which is hard to do, because there is a wealth of fruit here that sticks with you.

      96 points - Tasted
      662 Views
  15. 2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras ( St. Helena)

    1. Inky in color, the black cherry liqueur really stands out in the nose. Opulent, rich, dense and full bodied, this is such a turn on to taste, The multiple layers of fruit coat your mouth and palate. The wine was made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.

      95 points - Tasted
      387 Views
  16. 2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard ( Rutherford)

    1. Luscious in texture, dark in color, and loaded with ripe, deep, dark, black fruits are complicated by a slight citrus note in the background. There is sweetness, concentration and intensity. The round tannins, freshness and ripe fruits create a wine with a solid depth of flavor that can be popped young, or aged for secondary nuances.

      94 points - Tasted
      501 Views
  17. 2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Sunshine Valley ( Napa Valley)

    1. Forward, full bodied, concentrated, soft and polished, there is a wealth of ripe, dark, red fruits, licorice, vanilla and smoke going on here. Round in texture and already charming, if you've been thinking about popping a cork, why not?

      93 points - Tasted
      416 Views
  18. 2013 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard ( Atlas Peak)

    1. Forward, open, big and not shy, the wine is tannic, but you also find loads of ripe, sweet, lush, juicy, dark fruits, a touch of oak and saline, which all adds to the complexities and nuances

      92 points - Tasted
      486 Views
  19. 2013 Alpha Omega Chardonnay ( Napa Valley)

    1. Buttery, rich, and round, with sweet pears, apple, pineapple and vanilla bean, the wine is all about its sweet, pleasure and freshness interplay. This is a wine of pleasure for immediate gratification. It is not a wine I would lay down and forget about.

      90 points - Tasted
      420 Views
  20. 2012 Alpha Omega Era ( Napa Valley)

    1. Inky in color, with a blast of licorice, chocolate, vanilla, blackberry and smoke in the nose, this is seriously concentrated, lush, round and powerful. Everything is in balance with a lot of all the rights things in all the right places.

      97 points - Tasted
      2750 Views
  21. 2012 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard ( St. Helena)

    1. Lush, sensuous, full bodied, richly textured wine with layers of black and blue fruit, licorice, smoke, coffee bean and oak. There is a lot to like here, without going over the top.

      96 points - Tasted
      1578 Views
  22. 2012 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To-Kalon Vineyard ( Napa Valley)

    1. Lushly textured, opulent, ripe, forward styled, full bodied wine that is packed with layers of sweet, fat, juicy, black and blue fruits, leaving you with mouthful after mouthful of perfectly ripe fruits. Everything really works here, with style and character to boot.

      95 points - Tasted
      2657 Views
  23. 2012 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras ( St. Helena)

    1. Earth, forest floor, smoke, licorice, vanilla bean and a bit of truffle add to the sweet, ripe, dark fruits, plush, polished, lush textures and round, rich finish.

      94 points - Tasted
      1478 Views
  24. 2012 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard ( Rutherford)

    1. Full bodied, earthy, concentrated, deep wine with ripe fruits, that straddle black, red and blue, finishing with an earthy, tannic, Rutherford, dusty finish. finish. Give this a few more years in the cellar to soften and come around.

      94 points - Tasted
      1507 Views
  25. 2012 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Sunshine Valley ( Napa Valley)

    1. Brighter, fresher, lively, vibrant. open style of California Cabernet Sauvignon with a delicious blast of fresh blackberry, black cherry, vanilla bean and thyme, with soft, lush, round textures and ample fruit, accented by oak in the finish.

      92 points - Tasted
      1510 Views
  26. 2012 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Stagecoach Vineyard ( Atlas Peak)

    1. Full bodied, concentrated, powerful, tannic, structured style of wine, with loads of fruit that bucks the trend in forward styled Cabernet wines. Give this at least 5 years to soften and come together.

      92 points - Tasted
      1584 Views
  27. 2012 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard ( Oakville)

    1. Lighter in weight than some of the other 2012 Alpha Omega releases, there is still a lot to like, with its blackberry, oak, licorice and smoke character. Plushly textured and forward, this is already open and fun to drink.

      91 points - Tasted
      1589 Views
  28. 2012 Alpha Omega Chardonnay Reserve ( Napa Valley)

    1. Vanilla bean, lemon peel, tangerine, buttered popcorn and pear notes on the nose open to a polished, round, plush expression of Chardonnay that is ready for drinking today.

      90 points - Tasted
      1240 Views
  29. 2011 Alpha Omega Era ( Napa Valley)

    1. Solid wine, but the herbal component was perhaps a bit too dominant, taking away from the sweet, lush plums and cherries and soft tannins.

      91 points - Tasted
      4277 Views
  30. 2011 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red ( Napa Valley)

    1. Elegant in style, with a focus on freshness and purity of fruit, over concentration and ripeness, this is going to be best in its youth.

      90 points - Tasted
      2158 Views
  31. 2011 Alpha Omega Chardonnay Reserve ( Napa Valley)

    1. Light, easy going, fresh, citrus, honey and vanilla centered, medium bodied wine.

      88 points - Tasted
      816 Views
  32. 2011 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon ( Napa Valley)

    1. The debut vintage produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this soft, medium bodied. fresh wine offers sweet ripe, red plums, cherries, oak and spice. It should be drinkable on release.

      88 points - Tasted
      2471 Views
  33. 2010 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Dr. Crane Vineyard ( St. Helena)

    1. Supple in texture, the perfume pops with tobacco, licorice, fresh herbs, blackberry and chocolate. The wine is fleshy, full bodied and plush, ending with a boatload chocoalte covered black cherries. Forward in style, if you have a bottle, pop a cork if you like them on the young side.

      93 points - Tasted
      1053 Views
  34. 2010 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon ( Napa Valley)

    1. Just as good as it was the last time I tasted this about a year ago. Lots of freshness to the sweet, ripe, polished fruits coupled with a zippy, finish.

      92 points - Tasted
      4157 Views
    2. A big step up from the 2009, there is more concentration of flavor with its black and blue fruits, oak, earth and smoky black cherries. Plush, round and forward, drink it now, or age it a bit.

      92 points - Tasted
      1753 Views
  35. 2010 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard - North ( Napa Valley)

    1. Vanilla bean, coffee, smoke, cassis and caramel scents open to a polished, round, fleshy style of Cabernet Sauvignon that ends with sweet, dark berries and spice.

      91 points - Tasted
      3269 Views
  36. 2010 Alpha Omega Proprietary Red ( Napa Valley)

    1. Wow, they make a lot of wines here! And they are all good, if you can keep track of them. The Proprietary blend, produced from a mix of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot is forward, easy to like and packed with round, fresh, sweet, black cherries, licorice, dark chocolate and polished tannins.

      90 points - Tasted
      2189 Views
  37. 2010 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Missouri Hopper Vineyard ( Oakville)

    1. Lots of earth, smoke, coffee bean and dark berry scents open to a full bodied, polished, cassis filled wine that could use a year or two in the cellar.

      90 points - Tasted
      2510 Views
  38. 2009 Alpha Omega Cabernet Sauvignon ( Napa Valley)

    1. Sweet and tart fruits and complexity to this tasty, forward wine that blends cassis, blackberry, coffee and earthy notes.

      90 points - Tasted
      2149 Views