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Red Blend, 2017. The Dude

Red Blend, 2017. The Dude

Item #: N0320R2DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Red Blend
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Opaque
Nose: Blueberry Pie, Vanilla, Spice
Palate: Lush from Front to Back
Finish: Lasts Forever, Fortunately
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2030/Red Meat, Game/14.8% Alcohol by Volume

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Once again, we feature a blockbuster wine from Mark Canepa and Neil Koch, the dudes behind The Dude. We like to kid them that they are really upsetting a lot of people, and all of them are winemakers.

You see, these wines or so good, it's making too many other wineries look bad. Napa Valley has its own special place in the wine world, and almost everyone wants to uphold that place. That place includes making the best and most expensive wines in California. Unfortunately, our dudes are upsetting the wine cart by about $50 a bottle. Even at that, this wine would be in the mid to lower range of Napa Cabernet.

How do they do it? It's almost as simple as it sounds. They don't own anything but a great reputation. The contract with vineyards for the best grapes they can get and with wineries to rent their facility. Voila, great wine at an unbelievable price. As a result, with every winery seeing lower sales month after month, our dudes sell out every year.

This gem may be their best yet. Grapes were harvested from different warm and cool parts of Napa to get incredible balance and complexity. Then they aged the wine in 47% new French oak for even more layers of flavor.

The result is a big wine with loads of blueberry and currant flavors, spice and vanilla, and a stunning finish to tear through a venison loin with tart blueberry and celery root puree.