99 pts - rare
New release from Paso cult producer Booker Vineyards. As always, limited.
Vertigo aims to be a traditional Rhone blend, a “G-S-M”. We ferment a portion of this wine whole cluster and use stem inclusion to add a bit to its character in terms of tannin and spice. We named this wine ‘Vertigo’ in jest for one of Booker's steepest hillsides that grows Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
99 Points Jeb Dunnuck: "I loved the 2017 Vertigo from barrel, and it didn’t disappoint from bottle. A blend of 63% Syrah, 30% Mourvèdre, and the rest Grenache and Petite Sirah, brought up in 65% new French oak, this full-bodied, massively endowed 2017 has complex notes of blue fruits, blood orange, violets, and exotic spices. As with all Eric’s 2017s, it’s rich and concentrated yet has remarkable purity and elegance at the same time. It’s one of the finest GSM blends out there and will shine for at least 8-10 years."
Robert Parker: "...As I've commented in the past, the wines from Eric Jensen at Booker are some of the most impressive releases coming out of California. While in the past, they relied on pure fruit and texture to impress, today they possess layered, elegant and complex characters paired with serious depth, richness and structure. While 2013 -2015 are all great vintages at this estate, the 2014s have more noticeable tannic grip and really deserve 2-3 years or more of cellaring."
A wine Collectors dream pack! This Two Bottle Gift box includes one bottle of the extremely rare 100-Point Eisele 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon and one bottle of the Eisele 2017 'Altagracia' Cabernet Sauvignon, two of the highest-rated and rare Cabs from Napa Valley. It displays beautifully in a premium crafted Brix26 wooden logo box.
This handsome collector box comes wrapped in tissue paper with complete tasting notes on each wine (personalized gift card available during checkout). Subject to availability.
100 Points Robert Parker: "The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep garnet-purple color. Its nose begins a little reserved, slowly revealing a quiet intensity of freshly crushed blackberries, chocolate-covered cherries, cassis and aniseed with compelling nuances of black tea, cigar box, truffles and charcuterie, plus, with coaxing, gentle wafts of red roses and crushed rocks emerge. The medium to full-bodied palate is simply arresting, offering a a myriad floral and earth sparks amidst a black fruit core and with seamless, firm, very fine-grained tannins. Well-knit freshness brings forth layer after layer of delicate nuances on the very long, mineral-laced finish. The team at Eisele, led by Frédéric Engerer (of Chateau Latour) and beautifully orchestrated by winemaker Hélène Mingot, have knocked it out of the park this vintage with this singular expression that both embraces the site's heritage and reveals parts unknown."
96 points- new Cult Cabernet
Hand-crafted by renowned winemaker Philippe Melka alongside the world's most recognized winemaking consultant, Michel Rolland, these small lot Cabernets are carefully sourced from a patchwork of Napa Valley's most prized vineyards in Rutherford, Oakville, Saint Helena, and Pritchard Hill, including Beckstoffer's To Kalon and Las Piedras Vineyards. Extremely limited.
96 Points Robert Parker: "Barrel samples of the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon showed even greater depth, more body, glycerin, sweeter fruit, but also a vibrancy from the tiny berries and incredibly small yields giving the wine huge concentration, but loads of acidity to buttress the fat and fleshiness of this vintage. This should be a 25- to 30-year wine at the minimum...
...This is the first time I have seen these wines from Alejandro Bulgheroni, a globe-trotting Argentinian/Italian entrepreneur who owns what is an impressive lineup of vineyards from Barossa Valley in Australia to Brunello di Montalcino in Italy, Bordeaux in France, Patagonia in Argentina, and now his own property in St. Helena in Napa Valley. Philippe Melka and Michel Rolland, two French kingpins of oenology, are consultants for his Cabernet Sauvignons."
93 Points WS
Thomas Brown (Schrader, Outpost, etc) is one of the best winemakers today and Aloft is his newest project. This Howell Mountain vineyard reveals a different soil type as you walk row by row. Above the fog line, this property is carefully tended by vineyard manager Jim Barbour. In the glass, you'll taste silky, penetrating dark red and purple fruit that will show its potential for years to come. This new Cabernet comes from Napa Valley winemaking icon Peter Mondavi Sr. Only 450 cases made - hurry.
93 Points Wine Spectator: "Big and rich, yet graceful and elegant, this features a subtle mix of cedar, tobacco, dark berry, mocha and espresso notes. Fine-grained tannins mark the long finish. Drink now through 2022. 450 cases made.
Wine Enthusiast: "Peter Mondavi Sr. and his two sons, Peter Jr. and Marc have crafted a big, tannic and ageworthy wine. It’s packed with massive blackberry fruit, with the hard tannins and minerality common of Howell Mountain. Don’t even think of opening this before 2016; it should develop well beyond that"