Cabernet vines rooted in a mix of alluvial and volcanic soils thrive in Oakville, their development slowed and refined by cool nights brought on by access to the cooling influence of the San Francisco Bay. The best of Oakville offers Cab with dark, jammy fruit balanced by firm structure and fine tannins. Of course, this pedigree comes with a price. Even the mass marketed Oakville Cabernet fetches $75+. So, when i get wind of high-quality, boutique Oakville Cabernet under $50, I take notice. At under $30 on cases, I buy every drop. So should you….Britt Nichols is the new player on the Oakville scene and her debut vintage is sure to keep her there a long time.
Her resume speaks volumes on her potential; stints at Jordan, Pete Michael and most currently, Philippe Melka, have prepared her to make stunning Cabernet. Her debut Oakville Cab is remarkable wine. A shimmering purple color right to the edge, with layered fruit and a complex, fine finish. It will be nearly impossible not to drink this wine right now for the sheer pleasure of the fruit but don’t be afraid to lose a few bottles in the cellar, like all great wines from Oakville, it’s built to last.
The best part of this deal is that we are in on the ground floor..it’s not so easy to carve out time to sell when you have a day job AND a demanding newborn to tend to. The raw materials of Nichols Oakville Cab, the Grand-Cru vineyard fruit, the barrels, the education, add up to a $70+ wine. But, she wasn’t crunching numbers at Jordan, she was learning how to make wine. More than 50% off– you’ll thank me when this wine is about to be famous and expensive.
There are precious few cases to go around on what is sure to be the best deal on Oakville Cabernet all year. Don’t miss yours.
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