For nearly 25 years, Beth and Jim Summers rolled out truly phenomenal Napa Valley Cabernet that largely flew under the radar. And while I’ve always loved the wines (what is that Charbono really?) and visiting their estate vineyard at the corner of Tubbs Lane – the wine I’ve most wanted to offer, never seemed to have enough to go around – their Reserve – drawn primarily from their valley floor Villa Andriana Vineyard.
Even in bountiful years, there are only 800 cases produced, so I never thought anything of it when I was told year in and year out, “there just isn’t enough wine for an email offer. Sorry, Nicholas.”
However, with the passing of Jim in 2018 and the winery’s recent sale, it appears as though there must have been a little wine tucked away somewhere.
If you’re looking for perfectly aged, ready to drink now, big plush Napa Valley Cabernet then today is you’re lucky day. Pulled from the back of the recently inventoried Summers cellar are the last 20 cases of the 2014 Summers Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Summers never much bothered with the wine press, though Wine Enthusiast did get a hold of this one and gave it a 93 and a glowing write up below.
93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Billowy, expansive tannins build a foundation of power and structure in this wine, buoyed by bright underlying acidity. Floral and fleshy, it offers substantial flavors of cassis, black cherry and vanilla. It will do well in the cellar.