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Orders are available for pick-up at Restaurant Nicholas at 160 Route 35 South Red Bank, NJ 07701 during the following times:

Monday: 9:30-3:30; Tuesday – Friday: 9:15am – 9:00pm; Saturday: 11:00am – 9:00pm; Sunday: Closed


Fiancetto Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2019


What I am allowed to share about this wine is that it comes from a vineyard in Napa that is often referred to as “the best vineyard that most people don’t know”. A true hidden gem in the coveted Stag’s Leap District, one of the oldest in all of Napa with roots tracing back over 135 years.

I had been told by Ry that the Cabernet plucked from this vineyard was liquid gold– but I didn’t know he meant literally. The winery who owns the vineyard charges $233/btl for their single-vineyard Cabernet, a pretty penny and also one of the stranger retail numbers I’ve seen. Why not $225? $235? Ehh, what do I know?

Anyhow, that wine is only made in super limited quantities and only distributed across an exclusive list of dedicated wine club members, so it usually never sees the light of day. The fruit taken off the vineyard is incredible, clean – vibrant – succulent Cabernet Sauvignon that is the kind of fruit a winemaker would love to have at their disposal.

So when some super seconds (the juice that didn’t quite make the cut) was offered to Ry from this small family-owned winery, he jumped on it– and a few weeks later, we were his first call.

The 2019 Fiancetto Stags Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is easily the highest pedigree bottling of Fiancetto to date– the product of a special deal made by an insider with a lot of the right kinds of connections.

Opulent and decadent, it’s a sensational full-bodied Cabernet with a beautiful dark purple hue, aromas of violets, cocoa and juicy black fruits. Any other winery would simply bottle this as their more basic Stag’s Leap Cabernet and slap a $125 price sticker on it.

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