Paying homage to the heritage of our esteemed wine region, Durant & Booth is a symbol of the heart of the Napa Valley lifestyle and will become everyone's "must-have" Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley.
Frederick Durant and Joseph and Willis Booth formed a partnership in 1897 and took over the Oakville store from Jennie and Mel Kemper Sr. naming it Durant & Booth. That same year, Joseph became the postmaster of Oakville with Frederick taking over the duties in 1911 for a brief stint. Oakville began to thrive in the early 1900s with the building of churches and schools and everyone in the town, rich and poor, shopped for necessitates at Durant & Booth.
With the Booth brothers clerking at the store, Durant moved to San Francisco to open a grocery store in the Sunset District where he sold Napa Valley wines. He continued to split his time between San Francisco and Oakville for the next 10 years. In 1921, he returned to Oakville and operated the store through prohibition offering sandwiches, sunglasses, hats, maps and more for the out-of-town visitors seeking bootlegged wine and liquor.
Durant lived out his remaining years in Oakville until he died in 1943, and was remembered as “Quiet and unassuming…” according to his obituary.
Today, the historic family home of Durant & Booth stands at the gateway of one of the unsurpassed wine regions of the world and the home is now one of the finest Victorians from the era.
Harvested in the cool morning hours from valley floor vineyards across Napa Valley, the grapes were hand sorted and underwent extended maceration before aging in a combination of bourbon and American oak barrels. Bourbon barrels have a heavier toast which imparts a light smoky note on the nose and highlights the characteristics that are synonymous with the spirit. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark purple in the glass and opens with aromas of black cherry, blackberry and currants with notes of incense and a waft of smoked meat. Full-bodied, the textured palate is rich with flavors of brown sugar, sweet vanilla, baking spice and hints of toasted oak. Balanced with fine-grained tannins, the finish is savory and lingers.
In 1897, Frederick Durant and Willis and Joseph Booth formed a partnership and took over the Oakville Mercantile & General Store at the Oakville Crossroads. By 1904, the sale of the store and the Victorian home was finalized and Durant and Joseph Booth moved in. Over the next several years, they transformed the destination into a grocery store for the Napa Valley. Today, the historic family home stands at the gateway of one of the unsurpassed wine regions of the world and the home is one of the finest homes from the era.