Good friends and extremely talented negotiants, Mark Canepa and Neil Koch, each have over 28 years of experience in the wine business. They've been friends for half of that time and shared a passion for great wines from the Napa Valley.
They also shared an ideal that is most important and that is "affordable" wines. That's not as easy as it sounds, especially in Napa Valley, and even more difficult, especially when it comes to Cabernet Sauvignon based wine. The grapes and excess wine in barrels are the most expensive in California. But, these guys know their way around Napa and when it comes to finding great grapes for less than the norm, they know where to look. It's also important that they don't make a lot of wine, so it's easier to find small lots of exceptional wine to purchase to blend with what they have and make a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts.
This is the third vintage we've featured and may be the best one yet. The grapes came primarily from Calistoga in Northern Napa, known for big, expansive wines, and Rutherford, probably the most respected appellation in Napa.
Our selection is a masterful blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot and 2% Malbec. With 15 months in French oak, 60% new, it literally screams Napa Valley. The blackberry, cranberry and vanilla components are beautifully integrated to synchronize with beef bourguignon or a wild boar pappardelle with shitake mushrooms.