The #1, most important and very much appreciated factor about these three Cabs I just tried yesterday afternoon is that they all taste....uniquely different. These are exciting new releases (3 are actually in their debut vintage) that will enhance our private client collection, wine halls and website. Just took photos of the labels, more to come later this week in the release letter about these four phenomenal Cabs coming from Oakville, Howell Mountain and Knights Valley. - Kerrin Laz, Wine Director
From L-R in the photo above:
Harbison Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - Interestingly enough, it was at the Taste of Oakville geology seminar last week when I first learned about different soil types transitioning into the other somewhere very close to Harbison’s east Oakville vineyard. Fast-forward to yesterday, when I learned that of the three vineyard blocks at Harbison, the lot furthest away from Silverado Trail has a different soil breakdown than the front two lots. And here we have it – soil transition runs right through Harbison’s tiny yet formidable 3-acre Cab vineyard. Making this ultra-special, PHENOMENAL Cab is none other than our friend at Bevan Cellars, Russell Bevan. They did make a few cases of ‘08 but never released to the public. Of the 75 cases were produced, I plan to ask for most of them.
Perfect Season Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 – What begins as the now classic “how I became a vintner” story evolves into a more compelling, genuine story when it comes to this new winery called Bidwell Creek Vineyard. The beginning starts pretty much the same as many others. The proprietors are involved in another business and find true passion in wine country. They become resolved to produce their own label out of pure love for the vine and hire the best of the best winemaking and vineyard farming team to create an ultra-premium offering aka a very expensive wine. And this is how the story begins for Perfect Season’s vintner Norma Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. But then it takes a very wide turn and becomes more interesting and very thoughtful- more to come on this wine in my release offering next week. For now, know that this wine truly complements the 11-acre vineyard where the grapes come from– the dominant notes are dark red fruit, earth floor and a touch of spice enveloped in saturated, concentrated texture. I have to admit, I’m very happy that this Sonoma Cab made by Napa Cab heavyweight winemaker, Philippe Melka, is truly unique and is a quintessential Knights Valley Cab. This is a delicious Sonoma Cab and a welcome change from the Napa Valley signature Cab profile. 140 cases were produced.
Adamvs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – As you head up Howell Mountain towards Angwin, off of White Cottage Road is the new home for Adamvs, a Cabernet house that I know will start making waves in the not too distant future. It first debuted at Premiere Napa Valley 2013 back in February but it wasn’t until I tasted it again that I now can taste that this Cab has begun to show even more promise with a just a few more months in bottle. While the Perfect Season exhibited brighter, more elegant red fruit & earthier notes, this ’10 reveals darker fruit and more oak presence balanced with full-textured tannins. As this new winery waits for their estate fruit to grow and mature, winemaker Jason Valenti sourced from Oakville and Rutherford as well as Howell Mountain to create this new offering. 975 cases were produced.