“CAB IS KING” – A deep look into the sub AVAs of Napa Valley

March 9, 2019 | 6:00 pm

Sponsored by, Caffe Luna Rosa, Executive Chef Ernesto DeBlasi

Brandlin, Mt. Veeder A gorgeous bouquet of violets, rose petals and fresh currant on the nose. The wine is quite lush and round on the attack, featuring lovely blackberry and boysenberry jam, with hints of mocha, toffee and Saigon cinnamon.

Frog’s Leap, Rutherford A rich wine, deep mocha aromas, superb balance, with very long and deep flavors. Balance, restraint and respect for terroir. All in a wine that explains without trying why Cabernet is King.

Spring Mountain, Spring Mtn This pure expression of mountain grapes is redolent with notes of blackberry, cherry, dark chocolate, and red currants laced with exotic spices and hints of cigar box. The palate greets you with a lush rendering of the bouquet leading to a supple, firm finish.

Cliff Lede, Stag’s Leap District With all of the concentration and depth of the vintage in its exuberant and concentrated nose of cassis, black slate, jasmine, and warm fig aromas. Fresh aromas of black currant, crushed blackberries, and warm cherry soar with spice layers of clove, ancho chile, and cinnamon. The long opulent palate tastes of liquefied minerals and possesses a voluptuous raspberry liqueur-like texture with precise, building tannin that intertwine seamlessly with the luxurious flavors.