Lot 322 | 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

Lot 322 | 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

$100 Napa Cabernet for $25/bottle?

I asked the winemaker - another legendary consultant making wine for the who's who of Napa for over 40 years - why he was selling the wines (I also have the 2018) and his comment was: "I'm too busy with my other consulting projects to worry about 4-500 hundred cases of wine just 'cuz my names on the label...I love making the stuff, but I hate selling it. I'm too old for this shit."

Well, OK, then.

Both Lot 321 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet and Lot 322 2019 Napa Valley Cabernet hail from a small estate vineyard at just under 1,000-feet of altitude high above St. Helena. Just a couple hundred-feet from Howell Mountain appellation, this vineyard is surrounded by luminaries such as Viader, Cade and Merus. The wine is made with no-expense-spared, hand-punched-down in small 1-ton bins and aged for over 30-months in 25% new French oak. Classically-styled but in the tried-and-true sense, it's fantastic wine with superior structure and complexity.

Deep garnet in the glass, the 2019 Cabernet is a bit more blue-fruited than the 2018 with more pronounced florals. However, these wines are quite similar (as one would expect :-), with plenty of ripe blue and black fruit nicely balanced against red rock, leather and mocha turning more caramel-y with air. The 2019 is more vibrant on the palate with sexy acidity and a rich amalgam of blueberry jam and chocolate, hints of cassis and leather that finish atop a robust tannin layer that is so well-balanced it's almost imperceptible. Just a bit less chewy than the 2018, the liquid silk structure is uber-compelling with huge length and, again, incredible balance of fruit and red rock mineral-infused tannin's.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% estate fruit in the Napa Valley appellation, just under 1,000-feet of altitude
25% new French oak, aged for over 30-months.
15% alc.

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