James Suckling 93
Lots of ripe and luscious aromas in this one with light prune, blackberry and cherry character. Medium to full body, round and juicy tannins. Chocolate, berry and light earth undertones. Even some pine nuts. Solid Napa Cab without the alcohol kick. From a handful of rockstar winemakers (the band) in the valley.
The Consortium Cabernet exhibits a dark crimson core with purple and garnet reflections on the rim. Classic Napa Cabernet aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry liqueur, fresh boysenberry, and black cherry are infused with notes of wet violets, coffee, fresh leather, tobacco, and the ideal touch of high-quality vanilla bean and baking spices. The oak aromas impart just the right nuances and are perfectly integrated and balanced without being overbearing as many Napa examples often are. On the palate, the wine is medium-plus in body and captures pitch-perfect balance with the ideal freshness, soft, silky texture, and integrated, polished tannins that are wrapped around layered flavors of soft black fruit, leather, tobacco, cedar, cocoa, and subtle exotic spices.
Band of Vintners is the outcome of seven wine industry friends who regularly get together to taste wine and talk shop. The collective “insider” knowledge of where the best fruit can be sourced, where the deals can be found, and where favors can be called in when needed, was contagious, and surprised even us.
The outcome, is a wine we believe makes a strong case for one of the best QPRs in the Napa Valley, and something we’re proud to share with our friends, family, and neighbors.
VINTNERS Stephane Vivier, Cameron Hobel, Brennan Anderson, Jason Heller MS, Barrett Anderson, Mark Porembski and Dan Petroski
WINEMAKER Dan Petroski
VARIETAL 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot 2% Cabernet Franc
APPELLATION Napa Valley
AGING 15 months in 25% new French Oak