Hall Wines

Exzellenz Sacrashe Vineyard Red Wine

9.3106 ratings
9.018 pro ratings
Rutherford, Napa Valley, California, USA
Red Blend
Game, Baking Spices, Duck, Goose, Potato, Chili & Hot Spicy, White Rice, Exotic Spices, Pasta, Herbs, Beans & Peas, Onion, Chicken, Pork, Venison, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Soft Cheese, Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, Turkey, Veal, Hard Cheese
Top Notes For
Sipping Fine Wine

100% Cab Sauv from renowned Sacrashe Vineyard, small production, pricey but nice for special occasions. I had this at a restaurant where they were purging wine and I got this for a song!! Deep Ruby with aromas of elegant ripe berry fruits and gentle oak notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, plump blueberry and currants, with cedar, earthy herbs and floral. Fine rich tannins, well integrated, long finish ending with elegant fruit, leather and earthy oak. Wow!

100% Cab Sauv from renowned Sacrashe Vineyard, small production, pricey but nice for special occasions. I had this at a restaurant where they were purging wine and I got this for a song!! Deep Ruby with aromas of elegant ripe berry fruits and gentle oak notes. On the palate flavors of blackberry, plump blueberry and currants, with cedar, earthy herbs and floral. Fine rich tannins, well integrated, long finish ending with elegant fruit, leather and earthy oak. Wow!

Feb 23rd, 2021
Shay A
9.5

This was my contribution for a 10-yr retrospective of Napa cab with a local group. All wines (16 of them) were tasted blind. Others of note were Cardinale, Larkmead, Bryant Family, Vineyard 29, Corra and Jacquelyn To-Kalon.

My first experience with this wine, and when I acquired it, I wasn’t aware it was a 100 pointer. I’ve had many Hall wines but this is definitely their most structured wine. It’s fruit forward but in no way close to their other offerings. At 100% cab, it drinks like it. I let this breathe from bottle for about 2hrs before it was thrown in a decanter for another 2-3hrs and consumed. I had a splash at pop and it was crazy coiled, underripe and dusty. When I came back to it later (albeit blind, so I’m looking at my notes), it sported dark fruit on both the nose and the palate. Dark cocoa dipped black cherries, ripe blueberries and blackberries, as well as cassis and espresso aromatically. There was also a bit of a lavender/floral note that gave it a unique quality. On the palate, it eventually smoothed out beautifully, but was powerful the entire time. Dense and rich with added notes of fig, baking spices, and cocoa dusted fruits. One of those wines that makes you think overpowering, but then dials it down to silk on the finish. I think this is just entering a prime drinking window. Bummer I don’t have more.

This was my contribution for a 10-yr retrospective of Napa cab with a local group. All wines (16 of them) were tasted blind. Others of note were Cardinale, Larkmead, Bryant Family, Vineyard 29, Corra and Jacquelyn To-Kalon.

My first experience with this wine, and when I acquired it, I wasn’t aware it was a 100 pointer. I’ve had many Hall wines but this is definitely their most structured wine. It’s fruit forward but in no way close to their other offerings. At 100% cab, it drinks like it. I let this breathe from bottle for about 2hrs before it was thrown in a decanter for another 2-3hrs and consumed. I had a splash at pop and it was crazy coiled, underripe and dusty. When I came back to it later (albeit blind, so I’m looking at my notes), it sported dark fruit on both the nose and the palate. Dark cocoa dipped black cherries, ripe blueberries and blackberries, as well as cassis and espresso aromatically. There was also a bit of a lavender/floral note that gave it a unique quality. On the palate, it eventually smoothed out beautifully, but was powerful the entire time. Dense and rich with added notes of fig, baking spices, and cocoa dusted fruits. One of those wines that makes you think overpowering, but then dials it down to silk on the finish. I think this is just entering a prime drinking window. Bummer I don’t have more.

Oct 31st, 2020
Ezekiel Hampton

Barrel tannins still showing nicely, but acidity and fruit falling flat.

Barrel tannins still showing nicely, but acidity and fruit falling flat.

Oct 27th, 2019
Shawn R

Always fun to try 100 point wines, this wine is showing well yet has 10+ years left in it. Cashmere nose-has a sweet element on the front of the palate laced with mocha, lavender and cocoa dust. Sweet tannins, gives great texture.

Always fun to try 100 point wines, this wine is showing well yet has 10+ years left in it. Cashmere nose-has a sweet element on the front of the palate laced with mocha, lavender and cocoa dust. Sweet tannins, gives great texture.

Oct 21st, 2018
Mike R
9.4

Tried halls three platinum cabs - this is wrong name - all where different - but really good

Tried halls three platinum cabs - this is wrong name - all where different - but really good

Apr 23rd, 2018
Paul Hoffert

Every once in a while you need to treat yourself. This is not an inexpensive bottle of wine but man it is so good. Smooth delicious and something to be savored. Dark fruits and spice are elegantly displayed in this wine. I am sure it will only get better with time.

Every once in a while you need to treat yourself. This is not an inexpensive bottle of wine but man it is so good. Smooth delicious and something to be savored. Dark fruits and spice are elegantly displayed in this wine. I am sure it will only get better with time.

1 person found it helpfulDec 31st, 2017
Gretchen Keith

100 pt wine, gotta love left overs from Mike Reynolds

100 pt wine, gotta love left overs from Mike Reynolds

1 person found it helpfulSep 21st, 2014
Gretchen Keith

@HALLWines E-Auction for #ANV14: a 9L of HALL's 100 pt "Exzellenz" http://t.co/OAw5QaQMgu http://t.co/9rjjimQfgU

@HALLWines E-Auction for #ANV14: a 9L of HALL's 100 pt "Exzellenz" http://t.co/OAw5QaQMgu http://t.co/9rjjimQfgU

1 person found it helpfulJun 7th, 2014
David L

08' very enjoyable.

08' very enjoyable.

Oct 21st, 2016
Alex Evans

Delicious.

Delicious.

Dec 31st, 2015