We produce four distinct red wine bottlings from our 15-acre estate vineyard: our flagship OVID Napa Valley wine (Cabernet Sauvignon), Hexameter (Cabernet Franc), Loc. Cit. (produced from two adjacent blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon) and our estate Syrah. In addition, we also craft our “Experiment” wines each year – always different in their origins, blends, varietals and winemaking practices.

OVID Napa Valley

Each year, we choose only the most distinct small lots of fruit grown in the red rocky soil of our vineyard on Pritchard Hill, we choose just the best barrels and blend them together to create the new vintage of OVID Napa Valley. The wine is a blend of the four Bordeaux varietals grown here: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot, varying in proportion from year-to-year but always eloquently conveying this special place.


HEXAMETER is the meter that Ovid used in his greatest poem: METAMORPHOSES. This form of verse is uniquely suited to the telling of long and inspiring tales that stand the test of time. We aim to recreate these qualities in our HEXAMETER wine, featuring our Pritchard Hill estate’s most profound and compelling Cabernet Franc as its core.

Loc. Cit.

A term used in footnotes, Loc. Cit. is an abbreviation of the Latin phrase Loco Citato, which means “in the place cited” or “from the same place.” In citing a work, an author credits the originator of an idea. In naming our wine Loc. Cit., we honor and give credit to this particular piece of ground.


In 2006 we planted a half acre of Syrah. Partly, we liked that it is thought by some that the ancient Romans planted this grape in Vienne, now known as Côte Rôtie. Partly we did so because, when Syrah is good, it is very very good, and we'd tasted some spectacular Syrahs from our Pritchard Hill neighborhood. And partly we did so to try something new. In 2008, we planted another quarter acre over to Syrah because we loved what we tasted. Rich and vibrant, bursting with blue fruits and reflective of the ground it comes from, Syrah’s appeal quickly grew on us.


We welcome the chance to learn and improve our craft through interesting varieties from exciting growing regions, producing small, limited release Experiment wines for our mailing list.