PreferWine: Storybook Mountain Cabernet

Today's deal on PreferWine is a whopping 33% off Storybook Mountain Vineyards 2004 Seps Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

Storybook is located in the far north of Napa Valley, and is actually known as a Zinfandel house--its Zins are among the highest-rated in the world, including by Robert Parker. Its hand-crafted creations have also earned it the title of "Artisan Winery of the Year" for four years running from Wine & Spirits.

We've only got a limited number of 3-packs on sale, and they will only be available through tomorrow, so if you're interested, go to the following link to read my write-up and buy the deal:

Or read my text about the winery and this particular wine below.


Storybook Mountain Vineyards
3835 Highway 128
Calistoga, CA 94515
(707) 942-5310

Once upon a time, there was a couple named Jerry and Sigrid Seps. In 1976, the two found an abandoned winery and surrounding vineyards in the far north of Napa Valley. They fell in love with the wild, neglected place, and purchased it. The Seps named their new winery Storybook Mountain Vineyards, and replanted it with Zinfandel vines, just as the original owners had a century earlier. By 1983, the winery released its first wine and won its first awards, and the Seps have lived happily ever after. Well, maybe there have been a few bumps along the road—it is the wine business after all—but this romanticized tale is not far from the truth, and proves that even in our hectic modern world, dreamers have a shot at a happy ending. Now you have the chance to taste a bit of magic with this special deal we’ve arranged for our members.

The 2004 Seps Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is the classic overachieving younger sibling. Sure, everyone talks about its flashier older sister—the Zinfandel that made this winery famous in the first place—but the Cabernet is a powerhouse in its own right. It just doesn’t realize it yet. Its unforgettable fragrances of black cherry and juicy blueberry only momentarily mask an undercurrent of spicy sandalwood and floral aromas that hearkens to the Cabernets of Bordeaux’s left bank. Like any younger sibling, though, just give it a little time to mature, and all its attractive qualities are sure to reach their full potential. That doesn’t mean that tastemakers haven’t already figured it out, though. Wine & Spirits named Storybook the “Artisan Winery of the Year” and then again from 2006-2009—an unprecedented streak—including it in its list of the top 100 wineries in the world.


  • Only 303 cases total of the 2004 Seps Estate Cabernet Sauvignon were made.

  • Storybook Mountain wines have been served to Nobel laureates and U.S. Presidents alike.

  • Storybook Mountain Vineyards started as a producer of Zinfandel, and its 1984 Reserve Zinfandel (only the second yearthe winery released wines) became the highest-rated Zin in history to that point.

  • The original owners of Storybook Mountain were German immigrants with the last name of Grimm, hence the whimsical name of the winery today, though the Grimm brothers’ family was in the wine business, not storytelling.

  • Storybook Mountain’s wine caves were tunneled 100 feet into the mountainside over a century ago in 1889.