The 2019 "Padrone" Cabernet Sauvignon is an impressive wine, exuding richness, vitality, and concentration. This expressive and robust Cabernet is brimming with flavors of black cherry, both red and black currants, juicy plums, and luscious blueberry jam. Its magnificent aroma is intricately layered with hints of licorice, menthol, lavender, and dark chocolate. Luxurious and full-bodied, the mid-palate carries substantial weight, leading to a lively finish marked by tobacco leaf, herbal tea, and mocha notes. With its profound texture and impeccable balance, this wine promises to reveal even more complexities in the years ahead.
We love those occasions when fate throws a wrench into someone's plan and everything turns out better than he ever could have mapped it himself. Such was the case with Ray Signorello Sr., who purchased a 100-acre estate in and around Napa Valley's Stags' Leap District with the plan to grow and sell grapes to existing wineries. All was going well until a surplus crop in 1985 left Ray with more fruit than he could possibly off-load. A glass half full kind of guy, Ray decided to give custom crush a shot. The results were so tasty; he realized that if he could make drinkable wine, then a real winemaker could work magic with such top-notch fruit. Since that 1985 experiment, Signorello has evolved into one of our favorite producers of small production Burgundian and Bordeaux-inspired wines. Ray Jr.'s focus is always on the fruit. Ray shares a similar vision with consulting winemaker Luc Morlet and winemaker Pierre Birebent - a vision favoring restraint and elegance to in-your-face and obvious.
Signorello's 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Padrone is deep, powerful and beautifully resonant in the glass. Lavender, sage, mint, tobacco, wild cherry and menthol fill out the layers. Padrone, and all of the Signorello wines have seen quite a dramatic stylistic shift in the recent years Today's wines showcase the more floral, savory side of Cabernet Sauvignon typical of this part of the valley. The 2019 is gorgeous, but it is also tightly wound at this stage.