Between the two of them, husband and wife Bob Levy [Harlan, Bond, Promontory] and Martha McLellan [Sloan, Vineyard 7 & 8, Checkerboard] have some of the most impressive resumes and track records in the entire Napa Valley. This personal venture from their home vineyard north of Diamond Mountain can hang with any wine in the county, period.
The 2014 Proprietary Red is a blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot from their mountainside vineyard not far from the Sonoma County line. The entire vintage is barrel-fermented in Darnajou and Taransaud barrels and aged for 26 months prior to bottling. This looks like a relatively powerful Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine, but there are only 300 cases. The wine is full-bodied, with notes of loamy soil, graphite, forest floor, blackberry and cassis with a hint of charcoal and licorice. This is a sensational effort from Levy & McClellan that should drink beautifully for 25 or more years.