Before Michael Havens found himself out of cash and bankrupt, I worked at his winery as a cellar rat. He later sold the winery, along with the name – his own, for Pete’s sake – to an out-of-state company and moved on to other endeavors.
Recently, Haven (the brand, without Michael at the helm) has started showing up again. Despite my dislike of any more brand label than the winery, this is a worthwhile purchase.
The wine is primarily Cabernet Franc sourced from the Carneros region of Napa Valley. Nice blackberry flavors with floral and pencil shaving notes narrow down to sweet cherry and cedar in the mid-palate. This is gaining complexity as it ages, which is great to see. Medium-bodied.
This doesn’t help me relive the golden days of my California adventure. It does remind me why I hated my Napa nickname: At Havens, I was known as Sherm. So very uncool.