Lot 943 | 2020 Napa Valley
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Opaque dark ruby-purple core. As the aromatics waft towards the nose, they deliver generous layers of black currants, cassis, dried mint, dark chocolate, and cigar box. On the palate, brooding dark brambly fruits, a kiss of mocha, and a framing of cedar and oak build the texture. It’s full-bodied, offering a bevy of dark fruit flavors with terrific graphite-like minerality. The tannins are nicely balanced by the lush fruits, which are kept fresh by the crisp acidity. Long, complex, and age-worthy. Pair it alongside a strip loin, asparagus drizzled with red wine reduction and garlic-butter mashed potatoes, or enjoy it solo while you’re prepping just such a fancy dinner.
- Napa Valley
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2031
- Release Email
If you ask any winemaker to help you choose a Napa Cabernet from the 2020 vintage, they’ll tell you it’s an easy choice. “Buy and enjoy every single 2020 you can get your hands on,” they’ll say. Why? It’s the first vintage in about 50 years where half of the valley’s wineries didn’t produce a Cabernet.
The reason is simple—if grapes were still hanging on the vine after the Glass Fire erupted at the very end of September, those grapes were goners. But for wineries whose Cabernet grapes were in warmer areas, where ripening occurred early, and grapes were harvested before that fire, they not only got lucky—they made some great wine.
The long and short of it is we got really, really lucky. We knocked on so many winery doors and were told over and over to come back in 2021. But then, we got a phone call from a familiar friend who learned the winery owner of his iconic winery wasn’t going to bottle any wine in 2020, and did we want his Cabernet grapes? The answer was a resounding “YES!” and later that day, we took it all.