Russian River Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Tara Bella Winery
Who grows Cabernet Sauvignon in Russian River Valley? Meet Kevin and Wendy Morrow. You’ll be thrilled they knew that a region renowned for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir could also produce exceptional Cabernets.
Kevin and Wendy started making wine together in 1986. They had access to Cabernet fruit from some of Sonoma County’s most prestigious & beautiful vineyards. They started in their garage, but had a dream for over 20 years to own a winery in Sonoma County.
When Kevin and Wendy purchased the winery and vineyards in 2010, the six acres Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard was already established. In 1997, three acres of the Clone 4 Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted. Then in 2005, with Kevin’s assistance, it was decided that the remaining three acres would be planted Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Kevin and Wendy made a few changes—fine-tuning both the vineyard and cellar practices, while retaining the undeniable charm of the place. Today they primarily produce two wines—their Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate Clone 4 grapes, and their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from the estate Clone 7 grapes. They also make a very small amount of a refreshing Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the estate Clone 7 fruit. Their annual production is around 500 cases, with more than 90% of the wines going to their loyal Wine Club.