Lot 444 | 2013 Napa Valley
92 pts, Steve Heimoff; 90 pts, Wine Enthusiast; Gold Medal, 92 pts, North Coast Wine Challenge; Gold Medal, 2016 Denver International Wine Competition; One of our best Napa Valley red blend values from the amazing 2013 vintage.
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92 pts, Steve Heimoff - Cameron Hughes 2013 Lot 444 Meritage (Napa Valley): $19, 14.9%. This is quite a distinguished wine, but it’s very young and rather impertinent at this time. (“Impertinent”: I always liked that old-fashioned term for a wine that’s immature, gawky, all primary fruit and barrel influences.) Here are the particulars: bone dry, full-bodied and tannic, with deep, complex blackcurrant, dark chocolate, espresso and oak flavors, and a firm minerality that adds to the architectural integrity. Cameron suggests that the wine, a Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend, comes from Oak Knoll, which might account for its fine structure. The wine will improve over the next 5-6 years, maybe a little longer, so decant and enjoy with its ideal partner, steak. Nineteen bucks? You have got to be kidding.
Lot 444 explodes with bright cherry and acacia flower and quickly opens up to reveal a core of spicy cherry pie, blackberry jam, and toasty oak, with top notes of graphite and wet stone. Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee emerge with a few more minutes of air. Rich, spicy and lush on the palate with deeply textured black fruits and toasty oak notes that end in a coffee chocolate kiss. This wine is simultaneously graceful and extravagant, but simply put, it’s kick-ass juice.
- Napa Valley
- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2023
- Release Email
Shenandoah Underground Dining Club
$19 are you kidding me? We let the 444 breathe for 1 hour prior to a dinner of grilled beef tenderloin with asparagus sprinkled with garlic and roasted rosemary baby potatoes. Where else can you find a wine for $19 that could measure up to this meal. Thank you CH Wine!
I had it when it was first released then had it again a couple of months later. I forgot how wonderful it is. Not overly fruit forward with great layers. CH shines with his Meritages. Silky tannins and a lingering finish.
This red blend is a top notch wine, wonderfully complex and a great priced like an every day but it is a special one!!
this wine was a find! Cherry fruit forward, jammy, round, well structured...an absolute pleasure to drink!
Drank well. Even after corking and finishing on the 2nd day. Will let age some more to enjoy later. It's a nice find
Keep these coming
I've ordered about 2 cases of this one and I would say this wine is drinkable now, but I'm holding on to a few for a few years (about all the time that I can ever give a wine before drinking) to see if it improves. Very tasty and at the price unbeatable.
One to keep a while
This is a big wine with loads of flavor to match its wonderful aromas.
I think the 90 rating from "Wine Enthusiast" is a bit skimpy as this wine is far and away a better Meritage than many we've has than achieved a 92 from the same magazine.
We have six bottles left. As others have said its tough to not drink it because its a wine for cheese, main meals and just to have a glass of fine wine by itself
Top Notch Blend
Love CH blend offerings and this is one of the best! Recently enjoyed with a meal of butternut pasta and the spicy oak complimented very well. Just got better and better as it opened up in the glass.
I wish I had discipline to let this one grow up for a few years
A little big and tannic for primary merlot based blend. Wonderfully complex. Opens up beautifully. Can't decide if we like this one or 457 more (split vote in this house), but have bought this several times now and it is almost gone again.
Tom in Denver
I've grown to appreciate the great value many of these blended Napa reds offer. The 444 in particular is a delightful wine with a nice smooth finish. Priced for any day use, with special occasion taste. But be sure to give it some time to open up, it only gets better.