2021 La Pelle 'Reserve' Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley


The palate is full-bodied and delivers subtle cedar notes, holiday spice, and black fruits, with an undertone of dark currants and cherries. The rich texture dissolves tannins, striking the mid-palate intensely front to back with great tension. The finish is long and stunning, with a hint of acidity and sweetness from the French oak.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Maayan Koschitzky
Napa Valley
Ceniza, Red Hen and Alluvium
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750 ml Bottle

Wine Advocate

La Pelle's 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve includes portions of each of the three single vineyards but with a bit more from the Alluvium Vineyard in St. Helena. Overflowing with scents of crushed stone, cassis and black cherries, it's medium to full-bodied, rich and concentrated on the palate, with a long, velvety finish. Even considering the expected asking price of close to $200 per bottle, it represents a decent value in Napa Cabernet.


Jeb Dunnuck

Mostly from the St. Helena vineyard, with a little from Coombsville, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve sees a touch more new barrels and spent 20 months in 80% new barrels. It's a legit gorgeous wine that reminds me of some of the old classics from this region. Darker currants, graphite, darker chocolate, ripe tobacco, and dried herbs all define the bouquet, and it's full-bodied, has a tight, compact mouthfeel, beautiful yet building tannins, and a great finish. Give bottles 3-5 years in the cellar and enjoy over the following 15-20 years.