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The 2018 Carl Roy Stag’s Leap District is a wine that was never supposed to be poured anywhere but the finest steakhouses from SF to NYC. But that all changed in March. Even so, when I got the call asking if I would like this Stag’s Leap Cuvée from Carl Roy, I thought it was a mistake. From the most storied AVA of Napa and somehow just $35/btl? Hurry because this one won’t last!
Chad’s latest release is the 2018 Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine. This Cabernet-based blend, a rich, teeth-staining wine, delivers way more power, fruit and finish than any other $25 Napa Valley red that I have tasted all year. It features aromas and flavors of black currant, plum, mocha and cigar box, leading to a packed middle core of black fruit. The ’18 Chad Prop Red displays the concentration and length generally found in bottles twice its price (that’s because what’s in the bottle IS twice the price!).
94 Pts, JS – – 94 Pts (Cellar Selection), WE
2017’s Wine Spectator #1 Wine of the Year returns in the fantastic 2016 vintage in Napa where a serious of much needed came in the spring and cool, dry nights came in the summer combining to create the perfect recipe for a well-rounded and lavish American Bordeaux blend that demonstrates the wonders of North America’s undisputed top Merlot.
The Gravelly Loam cuveé comes from two well-placed sources on the eastern valley floor that has the porous, gravelly soil that is home to some of the greatest Cabs in Napa. The 2018 is knock-out Cabernet, loaded with juicy black fruit and a finish that lasts a minute. Don’t be afraid to lose a few of these bottles in the cellar. It’s built to last. The price is crazy, a sweetheart deal for sure.
An incredible Cabernet from the master himself, Robert Foley. The 2014 Foley ‘The Butcher’ Cabernet is an aged beauty — dark purple on the rim, with aromas of dark fruits, smoked meats, baking spice and a touch of sweet oak. It’s incredible work from star winemaker, Robert Foley in a vintage where perfect conditions allowed him to take his time in picking the fruit. This helped to create a big, round full-bodied wine with a great acid backbone and a long, smooth finish that lingers and lingers. Drinks beautifully already but will continue to age gracefully for at least another decade and a half.
93+ Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Robert Parker Jr. has said, “As a post-script to subscribers, it’s time to jump on the Hall bandwagon, as they are doing everything right, and their wines are among the most exciting being made in the world today.” Antonio Galloni has highlighted the wines, “rich, opulent and, flamboyant” style. In the 2015 vintage, critics couldn’t say enough good things. 94pts from Wilfried Wong, 93+ from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. The 2015 is a super expressive, dark-fruited explosion of flavor. If you love big, bold juicy Cabs from Napa Valley, this one is definitely for you for you.
97 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2016 La Jota Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with some of Napa’s most elite mountain fruit and put together by one of its most consistent superstars in Chris Carpenter. “A blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is deep garnet-purple colored and features gregarious crème de cassis, black cherry preserves and baked plums with touches of Indian spices, cigar box and charcuterie. Full, firm and decadently fruited, it has a fantastic foundation and very long, layered and expressive finish.”
From the “miracle” North Coast vintage of 2016 comes a big, full-bodied Napa Cab with lush red fruit, dark chocolate notes, and a touch of hazelnut and oak to round it out. With velvet-like tannins and a hint of creme de cassis, it’s textbook, well-made St. Helena Cab. Vintages like 2016 combined with the winemaking expertise of the Mondavi Family is a recipe for a killer Napa Valley Cab.
Britt Nichols, whose résumé includes stints at Jordan, Peter Michael and Melka, blows my mind each year. 2018 was no exception. Her 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from the steep, rocky hillsides of St Helena just northwest of Lake Hennessey from dry-farmed, Napa-Green Certified vines that produce tiny, thick-skinned berries. This is the source of the wow-factor in Nichols Cabernet. The ’18 is flashy, with dark, powerful fruit yet balanced by fine tannins and great length, hallmarks of that long growing season.
‘Voyage 6’ from Schooner is classic Caymus– big, juicy and fruit forward and perfect dinner company for grilled meat. The Wagners take some of the best Malbec grapes from the highest appellations of the Andes Mountains back to Napa chilled and finished in the same style as the Special Selection Cabernet. This is a crowd pleaser for sure and a BIG red from a family that knows a thing or two about them.
The Mascot is a blend of Harlan, Bond and Promontory barrels, Cabernet Sauvignon from some of the most spectacular vineyards in the Napa Valley. It’s a bit steep, a Saturday nighter for sure. But when you consider Harlan Estate goes for about $1000 a bottle and Bond and Promontory come in around $500, the Mascot almost looks like a Tuesday nighter. Almost..