Band of Vintners

Consortium Cabernet Sauvignon

9.2129 ratings
9.220 pro ratings
Napa Valley, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy
Top Notes For
Allison Lyzenga

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of black cherry, stewed black plum, black currant, ripe blackberry, earth, subtle menthol, tobacco, vanilla, cedar, funky mineral; dry, medium plus acid, smooth medium tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, elegant and well balanced, concentrated flavors but not overkill; outstanding

Deep ruby; medium plus intensity aromas of black cherry, stewed black plum, black currant, ripe blackberry, earth, subtle menthol, tobacco, vanilla, cedar, funky mineral; dry, medium plus acid, smooth medium tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium plus intensity flavors consistent with aromas; medium plus finish, elegant and well balanced, concentrated flavors but not overkill; outstanding

Jun 24th, 2020
Allison Lyzenga

Medium ruby; medium intensity aromas of blackberry, black and red plum, black cherry, baking spices, cedar, smoke; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium intensity flavors of black plum, red plum, ripe black currant, black cherry, baking spices, cedar; medium finish, classic cab flavors and aromas, well integrated, very good

Medium ruby; medium intensity aromas of blackberry, black and red plum, black cherry, baking spices, cedar, smoke; dry, medium acid, medium plus tannins, high alcohol, full body, medium intensity flavors of black plum, red plum, ripe black currant, black cherry, baking spices, cedar; medium finish, classic cab flavors and aromas, well integrated, very good

Jun 27th, 2019
Alanna Lucas (Nantucket Wine & Spirits)

TERRIFIC, FABULOUS, GREAT VALUE! When people come in and ask if we have any sales, the answer is always the same - No, but we have some great values. This has all the goods without the hefty price tag.

TERRIFIC, FABULOUS, GREAT VALUE! When people come in and ask if we have any sales, the answer is always the same - No, but we have some great values. This has all the goods without the hefty price tag.

May 25th, 2019
Tobin Trevarthen

Love the story. Wine was a nice balanced experience. Moderate tannins, black cherry throughout.

Love the story. Wine was a nice balanced experience. Moderate tannins, black cherry throughout.

Mar 12th, 2019
Andrew S

A nice and balanced glass of wine with depth. Darker fruits, moderate oak influence. Drinks well now.

A nice and balanced glass of wine with depth. Darker fruits, moderate oak influence. Drinks well now.

Nov 2nd, 2018
Isaac Pirolo

I had no idea that the Band of Vintners Consortium project was intended to be a continuous project, but after the success of their inaugural 2014 vintage, getting the band back together for the 2015 was probably inevitable. The band's collective insider knowledge of how to source the best Napa fruit was proven with the 2014, and is reiterated with the 2015. While the 2014 seemed evident of Spring Mountain roots, the 2015 leans more towards Rutherford. The dust comes through immediately, and is derived from a mix of cocoa powder, cassis, black cherry, black currant, cranberry and baking spice. The 2015 rivals the quality of 2014, with the advantage of being immediately approachable. An absolutely stellar Napa Cabernet value.

I had no idea that the Band of Vintners Consortium project was intended to be a continuous project, but after the success of their inaugural 2014 vintage, getting the band back together for the 2015 was probably inevitable. The band's collective insider knowledge of how to source the best Napa fruit was proven with the 2014, and is reiterated with the 2015. While the 2014 seemed evident of Spring Mountain roots, the 2015 leans more towards Rutherford. The dust comes through immediately, and is derived from a mix of cocoa powder, cassis, black cherry, black currant, cranberry and baking spice. The 2015 rivals the quality of 2014, with the advantage of being immediately approachable. An absolutely stellar Napa Cabernet value.

Oct 3rd, 2017
Andrew S

Definitely a solid Napa Cabernet and enjoyable with food and without. The QPR is off the charts on this collaborative effort. To me, I'd like it best in a couple of years but love the mix of red and blue fruits, savory elements and pleasing finish. It should be right up my alley.

Definitely a solid Napa Cabernet and enjoyable with food and without. The QPR is off the charts on this collaborative effort. To me, I'd like it best in a couple of years but love the mix of red and blue fruits, savory elements and pleasing finish. It should be right up my alley.

Aug 12th, 2017
Isaac Pirolo

From the folks who brought you (in label order from top to bottom) Anamoly and Zeitgeist, Hyde de Villaine and Long Meadow Ranch, Terra Valentine, Massican and Larkmead, Hobel and Milton Road Trading Co., lead by a Master Sommelier employed by Dana Estates, previously with Harlan, Bond, and Promontory, and the sell side being handled by a VP of marketing from Michael Mondavi's Folio.

The stated goal was to create the best pound for pound Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa (highest QPR). The band pooled resources and pulled favors, sourcing the grapes from "one of 'those' vineyards" that cannot be named due to a NDA. 18 months in 1-year old French oak. 15% Merlot and 2% Cab Franc round the balance of Cabernet Sauvignon.

I knew going in this would not be an over extracted fruit bomb, but upon opening I had my concerns that this might be too far in the opposite direction. Fortunately, after 30-45 minutes, it started adding weight like a prize fighter after weigh-in. Acacia flowers, melted licorice, black fruit, with plenty on mineral laced, satiny tannin. Give this an hour, wait for your second glass, and it will envelop you. 93+

And for the record, my guess is they sourced the grapes from a Spring Mountain vineyard.

From the folks who brought you (in label order from top to bottom) Anamoly and Zeitgeist, Hyde de Villaine and Long Meadow Ranch, Terra Valentine, Massican and Larkmead, Hobel and Milton Road Trading Co., lead by a Master Sommelier employed by Dana Estates, previously with Harlan, Bond, and Promontory, and the sell side being handled by a VP of marketing from Michael Mondavi's Folio.

The stated goal was to create the best pound for pound Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa (highest QPR). The band pooled resources and pulled favors, sourcing the grapes from "one of 'those' vineyards" that cannot be named due to a NDA. 18 months in 1-year old French oak. 15% Merlot and 2% Cab Franc round the balance of Cabernet Sauvignon.

I knew going in this would not be an over extracted fruit bomb, but upon opening I had my concerns that this might be too far in the opposite direction. Fortunately, after 30-45 minutes, it started adding weight like a prize fighter after weigh-in. Acacia flowers, melted licorice, black fruit, with plenty on mineral laced, satiny tannin. Give this an hour, wait for your second glass, and it will envelop you. 93+

And for the record, my guess is they sourced the grapes from a Spring Mountain vineyard.

4 people found it helpfulNov 12th, 2016
Isaac Pirolo

One of the rare $30ish Napa Cabs that is distinct, rich, beautiful, and crowd-pleasing.

One of the rare $30ish Napa Cabs that is distinct, rich, beautiful, and crowd-pleasing.

2 people found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2017
Sarah Stierch

Food & Wine Editor Sonoma Valley Sun

9.0

Young and full of potential.

Young and full of potential.

1 person found it helpfulMay 11th, 2018