When visiting Napa Valley you are treated to some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in the world. Our last visit was no exception. Following are four wines that captivated us:
2017 Patriarch by Frank Family Vineyards: In 2012, to honor his fathers 99th birthday, Rich Frank, set out to celebrate his father by crafting a special wine. The result was the now highly sought after Patriarch. We found the 2017 to be elegantly voluptuous. With layers of diverse flavor profiles this full bodied beauty gracefully honors the accomplished life of Hy Frank.
2017 Solari by Larkmead Vineyards: Produced by one of Napa’s most storied family-owned estates, the 2017 Solari is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and 100% delicious. Showcasing beautiful fruit and structure, this is one that you can cellar for a while. We also fell in love with their 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon which we found to be extremely balanced and full of red and dark fruit. Learn more about Larkmead Vineyards by reading our feature “Meet Larkmead One of Napa’s Most Storied Family-Owned Estates”.
2015 Peter Newton Vineyard by Maldonado Family Vineyards: With grapes from one of Napa’s most acclaimed vineyards, Hugo Maldonado worked his magic and crafted a sublime wine. We found fruit to be present from beginning to end on this elegant and smooth as velvet charmer. Only 120 cases produced. Their 2018 Hawk’s Nest Cab is also phenomenal and one worth seeking. Checkout our feature “Making Dreams Come True at Maldonado Family Vineyards” to learn more about the Maldonado Family story.
2018 The Puzzle by Newton Vineyard: Bold and sophisticated, we found the The 2018 Puzzle to be a great representation of one of Napa’s greatest vintages. It is drinking beautifully now but can certainly age for a decade or more. If you happen to be a Chardonnay fan look for their 2017 Beckstoffer Single Vineyard Chardonnay. We made sure a bottle made it home with us. Learn about Newton’s story of resilience by visiting our feature “Inspired by It’s Tradition Newton Vineyard Rises from the Ashes”.