Unwritten Wines California

The truth is in the wine not the words.

Sourced from three of the most iconic vineyards in Napa Valley: Oakville Station (adjacent to the famed To Kalon vineyard), Lewelling Ranch in Saint Helena and Las Posadas on Howell Mountain, this is our first true blend of great Napa Valley Appellations.

The 2019 is the boldest vintage of Unwritten Cabernet Sauvignon to date.  It is a wave of sensation as you take in the aromas of plum, boysenberry, baking spice and jasmine.  A rich and smooth entry leads to heady notes of licorice, matcha, and mahogany.   The flow of the wine is both complex and plush.  Dusty, almost ethereal, tannins evolve as the wine rolls over your palate, becoming finely pointed accents of wild, blackberry flavor.

Unwritten Wine Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Praise for Unwritten Wines

94+ Points

Lisa Perotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with alluring scents of blueberry compote, blackberry preserves and warm cassis plus hints of rose oil, cedar chest and Chinese five spice. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is completely packed with juicy black fruits and loads of spicy accents, framed by plush tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing on a soft-spoken earthy note. Nice newbie! 142 cases were made.

Issue 251, End of October 2020, reviewed by Lisa Perotti-Brown

9 and 9.5 points

Alder Yarrow, Vinography

Medium to dark garnet in color, this wine smells of bright sweet cherry fruit. In the mouth, juicy and bright cherry and cola notes are mouthwatering in their purity and freshness. Faint tannins and hints of floral and plum notes dance around the palate thanks to fantastic acidity. A little on the candied side of things, but it’s hard not to love the purity of the fruit and the absence of significant new oak influence. The acidity is so bright there’s even an orange-peel note in the finish. 14.8% alcohol. Score: between 9 and 9.5. Cost: $150. (2017 Cabernet Sauvignon)

April 30, 2021 issue, reviewed by Alder Yarrow

  • Optimal Ripening Conditions

  • Lewelling Vineyards remains one of the longest continuously-owned and farmed family vineyards in St. Helena
  • In 1864, pioneer John Lewelling located his ideal setting to take advantage of the warm days, cool nights, and dry weather that would enrich the wine grapes for many generations.

The Source

We place the fruit at the heart of each vintage.  Working with grapes from premiere vineyards in Howell Mountain, Oakville and St. Helena, quality is always first.  From hand-selecting the grapes, to a winemaking process that allows the fruit to really define the palette, we have produced a wine that truly exemplifies the best of Napa Valley.


Mark Porembski first became interested in wine years ago while studying poetry and discovering that some restaurants in Boston’s North End were not perfectly strict about the legal drinking age. He moved to California in 2000 to pursue his interest in wine, eventually taking on the position as Winemaker at Anomaly Vineyards. Mark founded Zeitgeist Cellars, a wine label in collaboration with his wife, Jennifer Williams, in 2005. With experience that includes dozens of wineries in Napa and a stint in Hawkes Bay New Zealand, Mark brings conscientious selection and a commitment to simple and thoughtful creation.

Mark Porembski


Like the wine’s appellation, life is unwritten. We were inspired to create something beautiful – something that would grow with us in our own unwritten journey. And what originally started as a fanciful dream has become our life. As we poured our passion each weekend into hand-selecting the very best grapes and watching them grow and mature, our bonds as families and as friends also blossomed. Together, we created a wine that is timelessly delicious and decadent – one that can be enjoyed today, twenty years from now by our children, and beyond. Our families are forever impacted by this vintage. We hope that you’ll get inspired and join our vinous family too.

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