This very fine Napa Cabernet holds a broad appellation but is actually sourced in equal proportions from just two vineyard sites, Kitoko Vineyard (in Atlas Peak) and Upstream Vineyard (in Coombsville). It isn’t quite as concentrated as the 2015 Hesperian bottling sourced entirely from the Kitoko site, and there’s significantly less oak influence (30% new barrels, 40% once used, 30% twice used -- all French). However, this bottling’s balance is every bit as good, even though the wine isn’t as dramatic and won’t have as long a period of positive development. That may not make much difference to you if you’re intending near-term enjoyment, whereas saving $50 might seem more important. Frankly, you can’t go wrong with either of these. Both are very deftly crafted, and though they’ll probably be hard to find, they’re emphatically worth the effort.
Hesperian, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 ($100):
93 Michael Franz Sep 3, 2019