$98/bottle under the original label
Bang. This fantastic purpose-built, Reserve-designated Meritage is meant to showcase the power and structure of mountainside vineyards in Napa Valley. Despite their tremendous enthusiasm for the 2018 vintage, the producer simply had a couple hundred case over what they thought they could sell. Retailing for right around $100/bottle, I think you'll find this quite the bargain at $29/bottle. It is a rockstar.
Opaque in the glass. Dark cherry is framed with Haagen Daas coffee ice cream and spicy cedar notes. The aromas are fairly monolithic and dense, as well as oak-dominated, but they'll unwind beautifully. Powerful yet supple on entry with beautiful mineral-laced, chewy tannins showcasing blackberry and black cherry fruit in a long, harmonious finish. While fairly oak-dominated, this blend is seamless on the palate and will flesh out with a good 8-10 months in the bottle. Look for this to drink nicely in its youth and age well over the next 10-15, if not 20, years. Glorious stuff.
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 10% Petite Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 100% Napa Valley
50% new French oak
225 cases available
Bottling May 3rd, 2021