We are very excited to have a brand new red wine from Quilt, a fantastic red blend that winemaker Joe Wagner calls “The Fabric Of The Land”. It is a luscious blend of Petite Sirah, Merlot, Zinfandel and Petit Verdot from all across Napa Valley. Each vineyard plot is picked separately for optimum ripeness, and each lot is vinified individually before being blended together. Joe uses cold maceration and extended fermentation techniques to extract as much color and flavor that he can in the wine – and it really shows! This wine pours a deep, dark purple and almost instantly the aromas of blackberry and blueberry rise from the glass. The smell is reminiscent of so many Napa wines that we have enjoyed over the years! The rich, dark fruit is complimented by hints of mocha, cherry cola, spice and vanilla. This wine is big and lush, rich and full bodied, harmoniously balanced and well made. Another hit from Joe! This wine is great right out of the bottle, better after a half an hour, and will easily cellar for 5+ years – but is certainly not needed when it is this great now!
The Sterling Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a brooding, dark garnet-red color in the glass with big fruit aromas of blackberry jam, ripe plum and notes of cassis. The nose leads to a full-bodied, concentrated, richly textured palate with flavors of dried black cherry, warm caramel and a pleasing umami character. The wine is dense and offers striking fruit intensity balanced with good acidity and fine, well-integrated tannins. The wine is seamless and offers a lengthy finish that hints at its ability to age for at least the next 10 to 15 years.
Jeb Dunnuck recently reviewed the wine scoring it 91 points and called it a “delicious, high-quality effort” and a “smoking value”. We absolutely agree!
Dense but plush tannins frame rich, ripe black cherry, plum compote and gingerbread flavors, with bittersweet chocolate and dried sage notes and a whiff of spearmint. The focus carries through on the long, lingering finish. Drink now through 2030.
92 points Wine Spectator
The Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley spends 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% used French and American barrels. It is another big boy at 15.4% natural alcohol. One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 – a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite. The wine is full-bodied and multilayered on the palate with sensational richness and length.