2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Tasting Notes

Gorgeously deep ruby in the glass, our 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet opens with the alluring aromas of black fruit, dried herbs and earthiness. Vibrantly direct on the attack, this chiseled blend of cabernet and merlot invites interest with a toothsome panoply of flavor notes: dense blackberry, black plum, anise, and hints of black tea, complemented by a savory meatiness through the mid-palate that makes for a satisfying weightiness and volume. Aged twenty-two months in 42% new French oak, the wine reveals a lightly muscled structure and pleasing acidity…that should allow for enjoyment at release through the next 12-15 years. Vibrant, assertive and displaying a surprising balance of sinew and agility; the wine is reminiscent of the San Francisco Forty-Niners enormously talented All-Pro tight-end, George Kittle (#85) on one of his memorable gallops to the end zone…leaving hapless defenders foundering in his wake.

The backbone of this remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon was sourced from Coombsville and Soda Canyon, an area of southeast Napa Valley where soils are characterized by a unique blend of red volcanic soils and clay. The most prominent of these vineyard blocks is planted on a gently sloping plateau, and the comparatively temperate climate of the area, versus the warmer territory up valley, serves to lengthen the growing season. The grapes are allowed to achieve full ripeness without the pressure of heat extremes common in warmer areas, and low vigor soils throughout the vineyard create small, dense clusters. With the addition of vibrant dark fruit from our preferred vineyard sources on St. Helena, Howell Mountain and Soda Canyon, the resulting wine is expressive and evocative.

2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

This remarkable cabernet in its especially limited production quantities, receives our Cor Leonis designation, to mark its position as Moone Tsai’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Transfixed by the brightest star in the constellation Leo, the Romans dubbed it Cor Leonis, the “Heart of the Lion.”

Tasting Notes
Deeply dark-ruby red in the glass, the glorious outcome to 2016’s nearly perfect growing season is on fine display in this eleventh vintage of our signature cabernet. With a steady, mild July and August, followed by a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, our vineyard blocks were able to progress to exquisite ripeness. Emboldened by these conditions, aromas of black fruit, finely milled oak, cherry cola and hints of eucalyptus signal “Game-ON!”, while surreptitiously providing only a glimpse of the wine’s attack that lies patiently in wait. Teasing flavors of ripe blackberry, cassis, pomegranate and cocoa nib taunt the palate against the backdrop of a handsomely-muscled structure defined by finely grained tannins and sweet oak. Displaying remarkable balance, layered complexity and delicate acidity; the wine’s hallmarks of power, agility and finesse reveal themselves, allowing for a gracefully arcing stride to a lengthy and triumphant finish. Admiring the phenomenally gifted Giannis Antetokounmpo (a.k.a. the “Greek Freak”) gliding through the NBA’s hardwood en route to one of his gravity-defying leaps through the paint; one can’t help but think that the Milwaukee Buck’s power forward-unicorn and our signature Cabernet may have something in common.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is a woman who passionately embraced the adversities of life and found in her reality an opportunity to reinvent herself. Her iconic identity and extraordinary artwork left behind a legacy that transcends and overcomes barriers of culture while inspiring her to constantly transform tradition into reinvention. This is why we were inspired by Frida’s passion, sophistication, elegance and attitude to create a new style of wine.

We present you Frida Kahlo, a true reinvented classic.

Declaration 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Blended from Napa Valley vineyards and its surrounding hillsides, this wine is aromatic with notes of toasted caramel, vanilla and hints of cocoa powder. The palate is robust with flavors of dark red fruits like cassis, currant & black cherry.

This label features artwork entitled, “Declaration”, This artistic emancipating piece echoes the historically significant words of our founding fathers, that we all are endowed with the unalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

⋅ 91pts – Wine Advocate
⋅ 90pts – Wine Enthusiast
⋅ 97pts ‘Double Gold’ – Sunset Wine Competition
⋅ 10-time Gold Medal winner, including 4x Double Golds

2015 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Classic ruby-garnet tones dominate the color of this wine typical of a well extracted Cabernet in an intensely concentrated vintage. A bouquet of exotic spices with notes of black currants and Madagascar vanilla pervade the wine’s aromatics. Ripe plums and blackberry flavors intertwine with notes of violets and cacao to produce a Cabernet that is both intriguing and captivating.

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark ruby-crimson tones dominate the color of this wine with highlights of fuchsia, denoting a youthful brightness. Concentrated notes of cranberry, red cherry and blackberry pervade the wine’s aromatics with nuances of mocha, caramel and expresso imbued into the wine from 20 months of aging in French oak. The palate is both plush and vibrant and restates the elegant combination of fruit and spice aromas. Chewy tannins form the foundation of this rich mid-palate and extend well into the lush and sophisticated finish.

GOLD 95 Points – 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition

2015 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

Rich aromas of cranberry compote and blackberry jam are laced with sweet baking spices and mocha. The flavors of concentrated fruit are bracketed by vanilla oak and spice and lead to a silky mid palate. The lush finish echoes the jammy fruit and toasty oak and licorice, enticing one to pour a second glass.

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic example of perfection from the Napa Valley. Early bud break and a warm, dry spring led to an almost flawless growing season. The grapes were hand -picked at the optimal state of maturity, showing a perfect balance of classic Cabernet fruit flavors and rich acidity which came together allowing our winemaker to create a memorable wine. The grapes were sourced from three high quality vineyards located in the heart of the Napa Valley; Red Hen, Skellenger and Oak Knoll. These vineyards traditionally produce vibrant colors and flavors combined with the structure associated with the high mineral content of the soils found in this area. This classic style of Cabernet allows the wine to be very versatile when paired with food or simply delicious by itself.

Aroma: Spice, dried fruits, black cherries, cassis, soft rose petals
Tasting Characteristics: Soft Currant and fresh black cherries dance on the palate followed by dried fruits and chocolate that lead to a rustic, classic Napa Cab mouth feel that slowly caresses the palate.
Body: Medium but bold, the wine is well rounded yet the finish is soft and delicate.

• Double Gold Medal – WSWA Tasting Competition

2014 Higher Education ‘The Scholar’

The 2014 Scholar a wonderful wine that begins our reserve wine series, blending 90% Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Coombsville Merlot. It is a beautifully crafted wine that bursts from the glass with intense black cherry, currant liquor, mocha, and crushed violets. Concentrated flavors of exotic spice and roasted sage pair amazingly well with tiers of freshly crushed black and blue fruits. The small touches of Merlot provide just the right amount of grace and softness to create refined tannins and a long lasting finish.