Heir Apparent is built on the belief that true wine lovers are after what’s in the bottle, not what’s on the label. This is a peak luxury Napa Cab, made with fruit sourced from some of Napa’s most prized vineyards. The catch (and what keeps the price from leaving the stratosphere) is that those vineyards can’t be named. We know there’s a little Rutherford, Mt. Veeder, and St. Helena in this juice, from sites neighboring luminaries like Scarecrow and Cakebread. Most importantly, we know it’s downright delicious and if its royal pedigree comes to light, we’ll have to pay a few hundred more! We’ll happily remain blissfully ignorant.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Heir Apparent Reserve checks in as a blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Malbec, and the rest Cabernet Franc. Its dense purple color is followed by a solid bouquet of earthy black and blue fruits, tobacco leaf, spice, and sous bois. Rich and full-bodied, with a rounded mouthfeel and texture, bright tannins, and a good finish, it shows the beautiful freshness and elegance of this vintage and builds nicely with time in the glass. It’s certainly an outstanding wine, and while I think it’s drinking terrific today, I have no doubt it will evolve for 10-15 years.