Fifth generation Californian winemaker, Joe Wagner has it pretty good. His family has built an empire in American wine. Caymus, the flagship brand is nothing short of a Napa Valley cult. And that’s just one brand out of dozens that the Wagner family has built from the ground up into something huge. With their feet firmly entrenched in the soil and the fabric of California winemaking, perhaps there’s no more fitting brand name for the Wagner family, than one of their more recent projects, Quilt.
With their access to an abundance of the best vineyards in the most choice AVAs in the valley, the Wagner’s set out to make Quilt– a Cabernet blend from a patchwork of the top sites in Napa (Oakville, St. Helena, Coombsville, Atlas Peak, Calistoga and Howell Mountain).
The ‘Reserve’ is a fairly rare bottling that the Wagners decided to unleash in a similar fashion as their Caymus ‘Special Selection’. The family constantly evaluates all their barrels throughout the fermentation and aging processes, then sets aside the best 2% for this reserve bottling. The criteria for the Reserve is based around intensity, complexity and boldness of expression that could withstand a longer aging cycle and heavier use of new French Oak.
Unsurprisingly, this is a few steps up from the regular Quilt Cabernet bottling. It’s a deep, dark Cabernet with lots of black fruits and spices and a ton of powerful energy that radiates throughout the wine. It’s a very age-worthy bottling, especially in Napa’s 2017 vintage – a vintage that most agree has only gotten better and better. Of course, for something this special, it’s also linked to a big score – a 96 pointer from The Tasting Panel who noted the leap in quality between this and the regular AVA Cabernet bottling. I happened to have the best price in the country on this gem!
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96 Points, Tasting Panel
Winemaker Joseph Wagner’s expert touch brings layered notes of leather, dark chocolate, espresso, and blackberry to this expressive, concentrated red. As the liquid washes across the palate, a patchwork of earth, dark fruit, and slate melds with the wellconstructed body.
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With seemingly infinite access to some of the absolute very best vineyards in the most choice AVAs in the valley, the Wagner’s set out to make Quilt– a Cabernet blend from a patchwork of the top sites in Napa (Oakville, St Helena, Atlas Peak, Coombsville, Calistoga, and Howell Mountain.) The brand new 2021 edition is a beauty – deeply concentrated, rich and a truly show stopping Cabernet. It’s a dark, hedonistic blend that combines elegance with power and pairs the two together effortlessly.
The newly released Fiancetto Howell Mt. Cabernet is a dream – a gorgeous, elegant dark-fruited Cabernet Sauvignon that is it picks up time in the glass, unfurls its full signature of cedar laced cassis nose and mid palate of chocolate-covered cherries and savory spices. Only four palates of this (224 cases) were made off a gorgeous, sprawling high elevation spot 1500 feet above sea level. It’s full and plush and finishes fresh and oh so long. The price is crazy for Howell Mountain Cabernet but that’s what Ry Richards and Fiancetto is all about.
It’s always nice to be in good standing with one of the most beloved wine brands in America! Our special relationship with the Wagner has granted us incredible access on their newest release! These won’t last long! This is an opulent, powerful dark-fruited Cabernet with tightly woven tannins, that is just raring and ready to go. Textbook, full-bodied, revved up and ready to go, this new Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet is the definition of a crowd pleaser.
Our all-time favorite Chardonnay is back just as the summer heat wave is starting to wind down! The Wagner Family’s Santa Lucia Highlands slam dunk. This is one that Nicholas Wines readers can’t get enough of – it always delivers. It leads with an inviting nose with fresh citrus and lemon notes. It’s always juicy, bright and well-balanced – it’s classic Caymus, rich and hedonistic with a wonderful creaminess. This is quintessential California Chardonnay.