2018 PlumpJack Estate Merlot Napa Valley


Savory spices like sage, clove, and nutmeg swirl around blackberry, blueberry, and dark cherry. Jeb Dunnuck calls this “a big, rich, pedal-to-the-metal beauty,” and we couldn’t agree more. Perfect balance and sweet tannins complete the picture in this remarkable example of both region and vintage.

If we were to pick just one Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon to blast into interstellar space for aliens to try when they stumble upon it someday, that wine would be Plumpjack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville. In our view it is the most flavor-packed, complex, complete bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon that you can buy, in pretty much every vintage. Plumpjack is in one posh neighborhood, with Screaming Eagle, Rudd, Bond St. Eden, and Dalla Valle all nearby. This is Oakville’s (and the Valley’s) absolute sweet spot, near the crossroads of Oakville Cross and Silverado Trail. Their Cabernets are absolutely spectacular, stuffed to the gills with ripe cherry fruit and red rose perfume—and very fairly priced compared to the neighbors.

Napa Valley
Total Varietal Composition %:
94% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2$ Malbec
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750 ml Bottle