From the rugged slopes of Howell Mountain in the Napa Valley, Valance represents a life's passion and decades of experience transformed into a unique Cabernet Sauvignon. With his wife Valerie, vintner Michael Raymor dedicates each day to wine growing, just as he has for over 30 years.

The California native, raised on a family orchard, has overseen grape production for a number of renowned wineries, but his dream was to make his own wine. The result of detailed site analysis and daily care for each individual vine, Valance represents a dream come to fruition.

The husband and wife team employ sustainable farming practices that put quality before quantity. Each vineyard is nestled among towering oak trees and is steeped in a deep pastoral heritage. Only three of the ten acres of land are dedicated to viticulture and remains as it did when Finnish pioneers first cleared the land in the 19th century.

The unique site allows Michael, a naturally intuitive third-generation farmer, to nurture every vine from planting to maturity. The land blended with a lifetime of love and labor—finds its way into every bottle.

Discover the handcrafted elegance of the 2005 Valance.


What Others Are Saying About Valance


"It offers full fruit, and luscious hillside flavors, mingled with French oak spice."
"Elegant, rich and statuesque, the nose of this classically-styled Napa Cabernet offers scents of red currant, red cherry, vanilla, cinnamon and a bit of red licorice, over earthy undercurrents."
"Valance Winery has crafted a stupendous Napa Cabernet that is elegant and complex with both rich cassis and blackberry fruit as well as aged spice and cedar notes. It is lovely to drink now or will easily hold until 2012."
"The 2004 Valance has a beautiful velvety mouthfeel, with rich lush blackberry fruit, currant, vanilla and a long lingering finish. Complex, elegant and balanced, this Cabernet drinks well now but will benefit from a few years of aging. This very a limited production Napa Valley Cabernet"
"Most 2005 Cabs will be on there way out when this one just gets going. In the complex flavor profile you’ll find flavors of red currant, blackberry, cinnamon, cassis, spice, cedar, earth, and vanilla, all tied together seamlessly by French oak, tannin, and rock solid structure."