OG N.80 2018 2018 Napa Valley “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon 12-bottle case SHIPS MID-FEBRUARY
Best OGDN Napa Cabernet deal?
One of are the last wines I purchased before the fires, this Napa Valley Reserve-designate Cabernet Sauvignon retails under its original producer’s bottling for well over $80 per bottle. A mix of hillside fruit split evenly between Calistoga and Saint Helena, it offers ripe, lush fruit, plenty of structure and routinely scores 91 and 93 points from the Wine Spectator, Robert Parker and The Wine Enthusiast. I would anticipate that in a fantastic vintage like 2018, you are looking at the upper-end of that spectrum. It offers unparalleled richness and depth for $16/bottle - definitely a candidate for the Best OG Value so far. For a program renowned for value, I think that’s saying quite a bit.
Ripe blackberry, vanilla, and crème de cassis are pure and cleanly delineated with white flower, and red rock mineral notes lifting the bouquet while dark chocolate, graphite and mocha add the bass notes. Ripe, lush, and smooth on entry with blackberry and plum anchoring the palate with pretty cherry and molten licorice top notes perfectly balanced against a robust, firm tannin structure complemented with toasty oak. The finish is lengthy and powerful but also very elegant which speaks to deft winemaking here (not to mention the judicious deployment of high-quality oak).
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc.
30% new French oak
600 cases available
Bottled December 15th, 2020