Tasting Notes

2015 Totem

Aged three and a half years in new French oak, smooth and silky cab has notes of raspberry, licorice and cassis. The 2015 Totem is part of Yonah Mountain vineyards' ongoing efforts to make the most exceptional wines possible.

Careful harvesting and extended maceration make this offering particularly distinctive, as do the inky black color, mouth-filling viscosity and total harmony between fruit and oak. This is a wine of outstanding character and quality.

This wine is meant for longevity. It is incredible now, but can also be cellared for many years to come and saved for a special occasion.

2015 Totem bottle

Technical Information


100% Howell Mountain, Napa, CA


100% Cabernet Sauvignon



Harvest Date:



June 21st, 2019

Cases Produced:


Good to Know

  • Totem is Bob's "legacy" wine… something he could pass down through the generations of his family. In sticking with the OTT (over the top) theme we have at Yonah, Bob wanted the absolute best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes we could get our hands on. Our winemaker went out to California to hand select the vineyard for these grapes.
  • Totem 2015 will be the longest Totem ever spent in barrel. 5 years in brand new 100% french oak. Totem 2015 will have a higher skin to juice ratio, which means the flavors are more concentrated.
  • You won't get bitter or astringent flavors with Totem because we used a "free run" process which means you only catch the juice that free flows out of the press without actually using the press. Like an easy strain. The pressed fruit then goes in to Genesis.