This wine is a once-in-a-lifetime wine because, tragically, the vineyard no longer exists after the 2017 Atlas Peak fires. Cabernets made from grapes off of this vineyard were already some of the most coveted in Napa Valley, but a vintage like this one now has great historic and sentimental value to add to the decadent flavors and complexities contained inside the bottle. The Stags Leap AVA is renowned because wines from this area won the 1973 Judgement of Paris and have continued to this day to be some of the most highly prized wines in the world. But this Handwritten Wine was made by legendary winemaker, Rob Lloyd, who created a distinctive and innovative grape pressing technique akin to a French press. This technique allows the grape skins to have constant contact with the juice creating the perfect combination of fruit, tannins, and acidity. As such, what you will discover in this bottle is a remarkable tannin structure, concentrated deep ruby color, and a luscious fruit core that layers beautifully over the distinctive minerality of perfectly made hillside Cabernet Sauvignon.
2016 WaterMark Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
To drink a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from one of the most famous growing regions in all of Napa Valley — Mt. Veeder — is something to treasure. But when the wine is made by a winemaker with three 100 point wines on his resume, the experience boarders on priceless. Winemaker Phil Steinschriber is known for his lyrical and beautifully made wines, and he has the unrivaled ability to bring out deep nuances in every vintage he makes. Everything about his wines is distinctive and noteworthy down the deep garnet color and aromas of cocoa and vanilla. But once you open this bottle and take your first sip, it will be the mouth-feel that invites you in and pulls you under. The tannin structure gives the wine a glorious texture with a velvet-like finish. In a similar sense to the Stags Leap wine in the collection, the Mt. Veeder vineyard that produced the grapes for this wine was badly damaged in the 2019 Glass fires, which only adds to the singular experience this bottle of wine adds to this collection. But the fact that Phil only made 70 cases of this particular vintage makes this one of those wines you will want to truly savor.
2017 Judge Palmer Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
When you’re discussing Napa Valley Cabs, certain names stop people in their tracks — for good reason. Names like Beckstoffer and To Kalon are two examples of such names, and they both appear on the bottle of the 2017 Judge Palmer. Andy Beckstoffer is a world-renowned grape grower in the Napa Valley and easily one of the most respected growers of cabernet grapes. But it is his To Kalon Vineyard that is perhaps the most famous of all of his vineyards and one that consistently produces some of the most noteworthy wines in California. Then when you allow those grapes to be turned into wine under the direction of winemaker Michael Scrosone, what you get is a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that helps to define what an amazing wine tastes like. Hallmarks of a good cab are often found in the tannin structure alone, but this wine features bright red fruits —like raspberry and red currant —and notes of dark chocolate and sweet tobacco to give it the depth a Cabernet Sauvignon needs in order to make a lasting impression.