Founded in 1978 and still in the hands of original owner, Ric Forman, Forman Vineyard produces classically made Chardonnay and Cabernet dominated Bordeaux blends from the Howell Mountain AVA in Napa Valley. Bordeaux with a Napa accent is very much the template for Forman, with green harvesting, hand picking and ageing in French oak (75% new) the norm at the estate. The blend for the red varies little each year and is normally around 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, with the balance split equally between Merlot and Petit Verdot. The wines have taken on a richer (although not overblown) profile over the last decade, coinciding with Ric’s son Toby joining the business. Robert Parker says “Ric Forman is arguably Napa Valley’s first superstar winemaker"