2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Our first big Cabernet for Fall - a blockbuster introduction to the stellar 2015 vintage.
The color is practically opaque, with an electric magenta tint. The pleasure is immediate, opening with a boisterous mashup of raspberry, blueberry, dark chocolate, and toasty oak. Entry on the palate is plush, and a dense structure opens up with air to reveal layers of red and black fruits backed with more toasty oak in long finish. This is classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon from a fantastic vintage that combines the opulence of 2013 with a more inviting structure. Just a baby right now, but obviously plenty more to come with age.
Style: Full, Smooth
Flavors: Blackberry, Oak
Due to the sensitive nature of the deal, I actually can’t disclose anything at all about who made this wine. I got the inside track from a friend who, while making a visit to one of his clients, learned of some Napa Cabernet they were willing to move quietly. He called me as he walked out the door, and after listening to him gush excitedly about the quality of the wine, I asked for samples and closed the deal almost immediately upon tasting. Sourced from a triple digit $/bottle program, the wine is comprised of 75% Rutherford fruit, with the balance coming from St. Helena and Calistoga.