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Staglin Family Vineyard

2020 PNV Block 4: Staglin Clone Puncheon Fermented & Aged Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.5

One of my favorites from Premiere Napa Valley 2020. #pnv20 #pnv2020 #napa Only 5 cases. Staglin clonal selection of Cabernet Sauvignon
A second generation Martha’s Clone, originally planted on the estate in the 1960s by André Tchelistcheff
Single barrel selected by winemaker Fredrik Johansson as a roto fermentation and aging in the same barrel
Your wine showcases opulence, elegance, nuance and complexity

This is the first time we are creating single barrel selection of the Staglin Clone Cabernet Sauvignon for Premiere Napa Valley. Harvested on Oct. 26, 2018 from our Rutherford Bench estate vines that were originally planted in the 1960s by the famed Andre Tchelistcheff and repropagated in 1990 under the talented hand of David Abreu. Winemaker Fredrik Johnasson selected these grapes for an in-barrel roto fermentation where the wine currently ages awaiting its future owner. One of the greatest vintages we have seen on our estate, this wine showcases the opulence, elegance, nuance and complexity our Cabernet Sauvignon has become known for.


Wine Facts

Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Sustainably produced
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
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Spottswoode

Premiere Napa Valley BWCA- 5148 Lot. 52 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.5

One of my favorites from Premiere Napa Valley 2020. #pnv20 #pnv2020 #napa only 5 cases produced 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard, first established in 1882
Aging for 20 months in custom Hungarian oak barrels
Inspired by winemaker Aron Weinkauf’s visit to the forests and Kádár cooperage of Hungary
Organically farmed since 1985

For the first time ever, Spottswoode offers a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spottswoode Estate Vineyard aging exclusively in Hungarian oak. Since the first vintage of Spottswoode in 1982, the pursuit to capture the highest expression of this historic vineyard yielded a philosophy of experimentation and continuous improvement. In the cellar, winemaker and vineyard manager Aron Weinkauf conducts cooper trials, which inform how he selects new barrels and refines Spottswoode's diverse barrel program. In 2017, Aron Weinkauf visited the Kadar cooperage as well as forests in Hungary to gain a greater understanding of Hungarian oak. With the exceptional 2018 vintage, Aron aged 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Spottswoode Estate in custom barrels crafted during his visit. This wine is the result of his research.


Wine Facts

Single vineyard wine
Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
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Heitz Cellar

Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.4

One of my favorite lots from the 2020 #pnv #pnv20 #pnv2020 only 5 cases produced. A small blended selection of our finest Cabernet Sauvignon for Premiere Napa Valley
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our top sites in the Howell Mountain, Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena nested appellations
Aging in oak tanks for one year, new French Limousin oak barrels for three years, and then one year in bottle

When the Lawrence family acquired Heitz Cellar in April 2018, they discovered a single dusty bottle in the wine library; a bottle of 1969 Lot C-91 Cabernet Sauvignon. After researching, we discovered wine collectors around the world had a few rare bottles in their cellar as well. Upon learning its origin and Joe Heitz’s inspiration for this singular bottling 50 years prior, we knew that it was time to rekindle the essence of this remarkable cuvée. In order to express the very best of Napa Valley, our winemaker began blending trials of our single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons in barrel, kept separate throughout their élevage. Sampling from barrels of our Oakville, Rutherford, Howell Mountain and St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon, Brittany Sherwood found the perfect marriage of these outstanding standalone wines. After blending, the wine continues to age in 100 percent new, French Limousin oak barrels for three years, followed by aging in bottle for an additional year. With the breadth of estate terroir that Heitz Cellar is fortunate to cultivate, we are able to create the quintessential Cabernet Sauvignon that embodies the elegance, ruggedness, refinement and balance that is uniquely Napa Valley.
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Gamble Family Vineyards

Premiere Napa Valley Lot No. 87 Paramount Oakville Proprietary Red Blend - Barrel Select 2018

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.4

One of my favorites from Premiere Napa Valley 2020. #pnv20 #pnv2020 #napa Only 5 cases produced. Paramount is our most prized, painstakingly selected and blended wine from the 2018 vintage
Made solely from fruit grown on our Oakville estate
Only wines from the very best barrels of this outstanding vintage have been carefully blended for your Premiere Napa Valley wine
This unique wine features 31% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot and 7% Petit Verdot

Estate grown and bottled, 60 bottles only made of this Oakville version of our flagship Paramount blend. Paramount is our favorite selection of the year, made exclusively from classic red variety grapes. This unique wine features 31 percent Cabernet Franc, 31 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 31 percent Merlot and 7 percent Petit Verdot.


Wine Facts

Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Sustainably produced
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
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AXR Napa Valley

Premiere Napa Valley Sleeping Denali Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.4

One of my favorites from Premiere Napa Valley 2020 #pnv20 #pnv2020 #napa only 5 cases produced. “A blend of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two of the best AXR Napa Valley blocks
50% from Sleeping Lady Vineyard in Yountville and 50% from Denali Vineyard in the hills of St. Helena
100% barrel fermented from our finest barrels utilizing native yeast; unfined and unfiltered
Reflection of Jean Hoefliger’s pursuit to create a wine to push the envelope of Cabernet Sauvignon

AXR is a winery that pays homage to the past at their historic estate in St. Helena. AXR, named after the rootstock which succumbed to phylloxera, left the California wine industry a blank canvas. This was a crossing of the past and future of the wine industry as we know it. AXR has given winemaker Jean Hoefliger this same blank canvas. Jean is driven to push the envelope, challenging not only winemaking but life in general. With an insatiable appetite for art, philosophy and good discussion, Jean thrives when his creativity and passion is left unbound by conventional thinking.


Wine Facts

Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Sustainably produced
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Blackbirds Vineyards

Premiere Napa Valley Red Blend 2018

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.3

A very consistent and quality winery. I liked all of their wines. This was one of my favorite lots from the Premiere Napa Valley 2020. #pnv2020 #pnv20 #napa only 10 cases produced. Single-barrel composition of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot
Sourced from prominent vineyard sites ranging from mountaintops to the valley floor of Napa Valley
Aging 21 months in French oak barrels; 75% new and 25% seasoned
Dedicated to the inaugural launch of our state-of-the-art production facility

Sourced from prominent vineyard sites in Napa Valley, Blackbird Vineyards’ Premiere Napa Valley Cuvée expresses luscious flavors that can only come from exceptional fruit. This single barrel represents the essence of Blackbird Vineyards, renowned for award-winning winemaker Aaron Pott's classic red style blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc.
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Miner Family

Lot 46 Premiere Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.4

One if the best lots and best wines I tasted at #pnv20 #pnv2020 #oakville #napa Only 10 cases produced. 100% Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging in 100% new French oak for 22 months
Sourced from the Vyborny Vineyard in southern Oakville and Bonny’s Vineyard to the north of this nested appellation
This balanced wine provides structured, dusty tannins and lush, rich blue fruits

Winemaker Stacy Vogel achieves a supremely balanced 100 percent Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from two remarkable and distinct vineyards. The Vyborny Vineyard lends structured, dusty tannins and plenty of dark fruit from this rocky site on the southern border of Oakville. The lush, rich blue fruits in the blend come from Bonny’s Vineyard on the northern border of the Oakville nested appellation, nestled next to the Napa River. To bring these characteristics together, the wine is aged in 100 percent new French oak for 22 months.

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Pellet Estate

Trouvaille Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.5

One of my favorites from Premiere Napa Valley 2020. #pnv20 #pnv2020 #napa only 5 cases produced. Highlights

A vibrant blend of two clones of Cabernet Sauvignon and a bit of Merlot, revealing silky tannins, complexity and elegance
The heritage Pellet Vineyard dates to 1863 and is among the earliest in St. Helena
100% estate, 100% French oak (Darnajou and Cadus), 100% passion; produced by hand, vineyard to bottle
A very lucky find indeed—the best of the best from the Pellet Vineyard, a true labor of love

Pellet Estate’s 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon “Trouvaille” is 100 percent estate fruit from the historic Pellet Vineyard and is a blend of Clone 4 and Clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, with a bit of Merlot. It is a wine with grip – vibrant and complex, yet shows elegance, balance, all while packed with flavors of dark fruit, hints of chocolate and spice, showing silky tannins with a seductive mouthfeel. This wine represents the absolute authentic expression of the Pellet Vineyard and is classically made by iconic vintner Tom Rinaldi. Quite frankly, as Tom and Eric think, “It’s a lucky find indeed.”


Wine Facts

Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Sustainably produced
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
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Ehlers Estate

PNV 2020 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.4

Solid 2018 from Ehlers. This #sthelenacab is delicious and smooth. One of my favorites from Premiere Napa Valley 2020 #pnv20 #pnv2020 20 cases produced. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Ehlers’ organic estate vineyard, which produces wines of great distinction
Located in the north end of St. Helena, the vineyard is composed of very shallow, gravelly loam soils
The wine is unfined, unfiltered and is aging in 100% new French oak
Your wine is the first vintage from winemaker Laura Díaz Muñoz

This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Block 4 on our property which is our highest elevation block. The Cone See vines are planted in volcanic soil, the same profile found on Howell Mountain. Our vineyards have been farmed organically since 2005 and certified since 2008. This 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best expressions of the estate - rich in tannins and color, aromas of boysenberry, raspberry jam and forest floor herbs promise the potential of getting better in the years to come.


Wine Facts

Wine is unfiltered
Single vineyard wine
Sustainably produced
Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
— 2 months ago

Ron Siegel
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