Napa Valley


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  • Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2020

    £69.95

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  • Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay 2021

    £39.95

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  • Cakebread Cellars Merlot 2021

    £59.95

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  • Cakebread Cellars Reserve Chardonnay 2021

    £67.95

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  • Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2022

    £29.95

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  • Cakebread Cellars Two Creeks Vineyards Pinot Noir 2022

    £45.95

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  • Chateau Montelena Chardonnay 2020

    £74.95

    “The 2020 Chardonnay was released in October 2022. As usual, it’s a non-malolactic fermentation wine, matured in a relatively small proportion of new French oak, and so it reveals hints of apple, tangerine and lime on the nose. Medium to full-bodied, it’s sappy, a bit linear and vibrant on the palate, finishing crisp and long. I’ve capped the aging estimate at a decade, but past vintages have aged successfully for 20 years or more, depending on your preferences. Drink: 2023-2030. 93 points

    One of the historic California estates that put Napa on the map following the Paris Tasting of 1976, for some reason Chateau Montelena was largely neglected by my immediate predecessor at RPWA. There is always something new to chase, so I suspect it was more that than anything else. It can sometimes be difficult to find a reason to visit longtime estates that just continue along, turning out classic wines, regardless of fads or fashion. The Chardonnay comes from an estate-grown parcel in Oak Knoll under the lee of Mount Veeder, plus another grower in Oak Knoll and one in Coombsville. The style remains resolutely true to the historic model, with fermentation kicking off in tank before transfer into barrels (15 – 25% new French oak), and no malolactic fermentation. The wine stays in wood for 10 months, then receives a year of bottle age prior to release. There’s also an annual library release, typically five years behind the current vintage. While the Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley isn’t an estate wine, Montelena is the single largest contributor of fruit to the program. It includes between 10 and 20% Merlot, from a vineyard in Oak Knoll, and spends 16 months in 20 – 30% new French oak. In contrast, the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon comes entirely from the estate’s vineyards in Calistoga. It spends 22 – 26 months in barrel, then another 18 months in bottle prior to release. Fortunately, for consumers new to collecting, or restaurateurs who haven’t stockpiled old vintages, there is a library release program for the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as well. Winemaker Matt Crafton showed me the current and library releases before finally offering to pour the yet-to-be-released 2019 Estate Cabernet and a sample of the 2021 Estate Cabernet that he had blended earlier from several barrels. Both vintages are certainly wines to look forward to, with the unfortunate reminder that there are no 2020 reds here.”

    Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (03/23)

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  • DuMOL Ballard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    £129.95

    “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Ballard Vineyard is bright, punchy and full of character. Inky red/purplish berry fruit, rose petal, spice, pomegranate and mint all race out of the glass, framed by silk tannins that add a real feeling of sensuality. Effusive, aromatic and finessed, the Ballard is superb in this tasting. Readers will find a classy, sublime Cabernet Sauvignon loaded with personality. Drinking window: 2024-2043. 96 points

    These three 2018 Cabernets from DuMOL are superb. The wines are deep, polished and so expressive of place. I will review the rest of DuMOL’s extensive lineup in my upcoming Sonoma report. In the meantime, though, readers will want to check out these sublime Cabernets from winemaker Andy Smith and his team.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • DuMOL Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

    £89.95

    “The 2020 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard offers stunning transparency, with the volume turned up on aromatic detail and structural harmony. It opens with characteristic matchstick and flint that slowly unfolds to scents of white peach, lemon peel, crushed shell and dried chamomile. The palate is seamless, satiny and highly concentrated yet youthfully coiled, with a tensile core of preserved citrus. It has a long, mineral-driven finish that hints at the floral perfume and savory nuances yet to emerge. Curious about that matchstick character, I drank from this open bottle for five days as it opened and expanded in expression—it’s going to be long lived in the cellar. Winemaker Andy Smith says this may be the earliest pick ever of Hyde—these Chardonnay grapes were harvested just two days after the wildfires began, on August 20th. Typically around 36 barrels are made; in 2020, only 20 barrels were made. Drinking window: 2022-2032. 97 points”

    Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • DuMOL Meteor Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

    £129.95

    “The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Meteor Vineyard is the most reticent of the wines in this range. Blueberry, graphite, lavender, spice, menthol and licorice infuse this brooding Coombsville Cabernet with tons of personality. Searing tannins need time to soften, but the balance is there for that to happen. Drinking window: 2026-2043. 96 points

    These three 2018 Cabernets from DuMOL are superb. The wines are deep, polished and so expressive of place. I will review the rest of DuMOL’s extensive lineup in my upcoming Sonoma report. In the meantime, though, readers will want to check out these sublime Cabernets from winemaker Andy Smith and his team.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (01/21)

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  • HDV Belle Cousine 2019

    £89.95

    “The 2019 Belle Cousine, 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot from Hyde, is fabulous. Bright and focused, the 2019 bristles with energy. Strong Cabernet inflections give this mid-weight red tons of aromatic presence to match its mid-weight personality. Dark red/blue fruits, mint, blood orange, spice, leather and mocha are some at the notes that emerge over time. Like all the best wines here, the Belle Cousine otters outstanding focus, clarity and freshness. Drinking window: 2025-2039. 95 points

    Despite the names of its two co-founders, Hyde De Villaine remains an under-the-radar gem. The winery is in the town of Napa, pretty far removed from the rest of Napa Valley. Guillaume Boude crafts subtle and nuanced wines that emphasize freshness and verve more than anything else. Over the years, I have been so impressed with how these wines age, although they are pretty compelling young, too.”

    Antonio Galloni, Vinous (02/23)

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  • Trois Noix Cabernet Franc 2018

    £139.95

    “Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2018 Cabernet Franc charges out of the gate with rambunctious notions of ripe blackberries, wild blueberries and red currant jelly scents plus hints of tapenade, lilacs and tilled soil. Full-bodied, richly fruited and with a gorgeous velvety texture, it has a lively backbone delivering great tension with lots of layers and a fragrant, earthy finish. Drink: 2021-2036. 93 points”

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (244)

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