Periodically we taste Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons that are just pitch-perfect: little love songs to the very grape itself. They bloom from the glass with perfumes of red roses, black cherries, and crushed blackcurrants. Drinking them is like biting into a perfectly ripe and crunchy cluster of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Nary a prune, barrel, or oxidative aroma besmirches that pristine, fragrant Cabernet fruit. We think this wine is a great example of this phenomenon.
“Mancino Lanciatore,” translated from Italian, means “left-handed thrower” and is an homage to Whitehall Lane’s proprietor, Thomas Leonardini, Sr. and several other left-handed Leonardinis. Winemaker Jason Moulton crafted this wine from a great site in Oak Knoll, near the Napa river from vines in their 16th year in 2014.