★ 95 Pts Under-the-radar
An awesome small-production Napa Cabernet you should try now. The grapes from this vineyard were sold to Caymus and Phelps for Insignia before they started bottling it themselves!
Eleadoro Hernandez and his wife, Noemi, came to the Napa Valley 1982. They moved to St Helena where Eleadoro began working with his Uncle, Fernando. Fernando introduced Eleadoro to John Caldwell shortly after John began planting his Vineyard there in the Coomsville area. He worked with John in the planting and development of these vineyards and eventually became the Vineyard manager. Shortly after leaving the Caldwell ranch, Eleadoro leased 25 acres of land in the Napa Valley on Big Ranch Road and began to plant a 6 or 7 acres a year. Today he has planted a total of 33 acres of Cabernet in that Oak Knoll area . He has sold grapes from this vineyard to world famous Caymus Vineyards and Phelps (for Insignia!). Rolando Herrera of Mi Sueno winery is his winemaker. His first vintage in 2006 he made just four barrels (99 cases.) In 2012 he produced 150 cases.
★ 95 Point exclusive
A Brix26 exclusive! A tiny 50 cases were made, one of the top Barolos of the 2010 vintage. Extremely limited.
95 Points Wine Spectator: "Offers a beautiful nose of sweet and salty licorice, with flavors of fading cherry, leather, tobacco and spice. Complex and maturing, yet the tannins and acidity keep this fresh. The lingering finish evokes tobacco and mineral. Best from 2020 through 2036. 50 cases made."
The 2010 vintage is one of the finest on record for Barolo. Robert Parker rated the 2010 vintage 98 points overall, the best in recent memory, and now is the perfect time to stock up. Even better is that this wine is superbly structured, but forward and approachable now; no need to cellar it for 20+ years.
★ 95 Points
A blockbuster new Cabernet blend from Hestan Vineyards. Usually only available to mailing list members we have a small amount of this tiny production Cabernet while our allocation lasts!