This vintage perfectly sums up the character of Napa Valley terroir with, as Jeb Dunnuck puts it, “notable purity, balance, and length as well as richness.” Crafted from fourteen vineyards, with St Helena estate fruit at the core, both valley floor and mountain terroir are showcased here. Keith Emerson clearly picked up a few tricks working alongside Philippe Melka, because this is an absolute steal in terms of quality at under $100.
Plums, Asian spices, tobacco, and lead pencil notes emerge from the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Cru, which hits the palate with medium to full-bodied richness, a beautifully polished, elegant texture, and outstanding length. This is another gorgeous 2018 displaying notable purity, balance, and length as well as richness. It can be drunk any time over the coming 15+ years.