In a year marred by plague and wild fires, a classic bottle of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is the ideal gift for any wine lover.
Having survived an earthquake in 2014 and raging forest fires in 2017 and 2020, Napa Valley symbolizes resilience—a glimmer of much needed hope this holiday season.
While the 2020 vintage is not entirely lost, the region’s typical Cabernet Sauvignon production is diminished by up to 80%. This year, giving a luxurious bottle of Napa Valley wine serves two purposes: It honors the oenophile in your life with a spectacular bottle of wine, while also supporting one of the world’s premium wine regions in a challenging year.
These are cellar worthy wines, age them for ten or more years for maximum enjoyment.
2017 Ashes & Diamonds Mountain Peak Vineyard Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon $125: Expressive aromas of red and black fruit, simmering holiday spice, eucalyptus, cassis, fresh tobacco, and slate. Palate is earth-driven and focused, with high acidity and dusty tannins in a medium body with a mid-palate life and a long, structured finish.
2017 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges De Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $145: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot. Aromatic layers of dark fruit, dried flowers and savory herbs, baking spice, cassis, fresh tobacco, and warm cocoa. A nod to Rutherford with dusty tannins, yet concentrated with elegance and finesse. Expansive and full-bodied with a long finish.
2016 BRION Sleepy Lady Vineyard Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon $185: Captivating aromas of black fruit, dried rose petals, warm baking spice, cassis, dark chocolate, cedar, and fresh tobacco. An energetic, fruit-forward wine that is approachable in its youth. Medium-bodied with silky tannins, fresh acidity, and a long juicy finish.
2017 CADE Howell Mountain Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $220: Fresh and baked red, black, and blue berries mingle with baking spice, mint, dark chocolate covered espresso bean, fresh tobacco, black tea, and tobacco. Bold and concentrated, yet elegant and finessed. This mountain wine offers fine grain tannins that coat the palate, acidity brings a fresh lift and long, mouthwatering finish.
2016 Canard Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $150: Brooding notes of dark fruit, baking spice, black pepper, dusty cocoa, dried figs, cassis, Maraschino liqueur, fresh tobacco, trailing vanilla. Tension between crushed velvet mouthfeel and grippy tannins. A bold and powerful wine with a contemplative elegance.
2017 Dominus Estate Bordeaux Blend $190: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot. Enticing black and blue fruit, holiday potpourri, cassis, crushed roses, cedar cigar box, and graphite. Palate is intense yet graceful in a Black Swan way. Walks a tightrope of elegance and concentration; bold and long.