Located 1,400 feet above the Napa Valley floor are 15 acres on Pritchard Hill that are home to Ovid Winery, one of my favorite in the category of boutique wineries. In 2000 under the guidance of David Abreau, the land was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The flagship Ovid Napa Valley wine released each year is a Bordeaux blend of the utmost quality, courtesy of the wonderful terroir and the work of winemakers Andy Erickson and Austin Peterson. Nelson and Dana Johnson bought the prime Cabernet property in 1998 after selling Ovid Technologies Inc., their New York-based medical software startup, and walking away with $100 million. Nelson, 50, and Johnson, 49, are fascinated by ancient Greece and Rome and like to think historically. The label for the first bottling bears a quote in both Latin and English from Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses that illustrates their wine philosophy: Partly we recovered the olde, familiar things, partly we created the wondrous and new. I highly recommend it if you can track it down.
Sweet dark cherries and plums are some of the notes that explode from the Ovid. An utterly vivid, breathtaking wine, it impresses for its incredible balance and overall sense of harmony. Flowers of all sorts, sage and rosemary develop in the glass, adding tons of complexity. Today the 2010 is a little reticent, which is quite typical of wines from Pritchard Hill at this stage in the evolution of these vintages. Power, pure vibrancy and intensity are the hallmarks of thi vintage. This is another stunning wine from the team at Ovid.