Unwritten Wines California

The truth is in the wine not the words.

Sourced from one of the most historic vineyard sites in Napa Valley, Lewelling Ranch in Saint Helena, our Unwritten Cabernet Sauvignon has complex and inviting aromatics.

This wine has intoxicating scents of clove, anise, rosemary, and incense. A heady, ambrosial quality, evocative of sweet resin, is counterpointed by notes of bergamot and citrus blossom. The entry suggests all the berries: blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, even huckleberry.  It’s the proverbial “mixed berry” compote with a pod of cardamom steeped in for edge and complexity. The palate moves gently from fruit to a chewy resistance formed by the dense and rich tannin structure. Chock full of gravitas, the 2018 is a study in succulence; enjoyable now, yet ageable for decades.

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

Our 2018 vintage is a highly sought after, limited-production wine, made from grapes grown on the historic Lewelling Ranch. “Good Farming, Makes Good Wine!” That’s the motto of the family who farms the Lewelling Vineyard on the western side of St. Helena. In its 6th generation, the family of farmers specialize in the noble Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. The vines on this property are meticulously cared for and have been part of a very long legacy that started back in the late 1800s. The clusters being produced here thrive with boundless complexities and character that lend a glimpse into its captivating past.


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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