WSI93 I immediately approachable and irresistibly enjoyable Napa Cabernet. Lots of ripe black fruits – blackcurrant, blackberry, cherry, and plum on the nose. Sweet cigar, oak, herbs, spices, and mocha leads into a big, chewy, and inky mouthful; but a very smooth palate that has a long, mouth-coating finish.
Estate Notes: This is a creamy, juicy and 100% drool-worthy vintage. Bright raspberry notes hit you first, then we tumble into silky crème de cassis mixed with chocolate and baking spices. It’s as soft as velvet and as refreshing as it gets – the perfect red for right this second.
85% Cabernet Sauvignon from St Helena, Yountville and Rutherford
5% Petite Sirah from Calistoga
5% Charbono from Calistoga
5% Zinfandel from Calistoga
65% New French Oak
Born in Lyon, France winemaker Benoit Touquette holds a Master of Science of Chemistry and one of Enology from University of Bordeaux. He has worked at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton.
Formerly working under Andy Erikson at various wineries such as Screaming Eagle, Ovid, and Arietta, Benoit is currently the winemaker for Realm Cellars, Hartwell, and David Beckstoffer’s new project, Kata as well as his own Fait-Main.