Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020. Pars

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2020. Pars

Item #: N1222R2
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley
Color: Very Deep Purple
Nose: Violet, Cassis
Palate: Richly Textured
Finish: Very Long
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2027/Red Meat/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Hossein Namdar immigrated to California from Iran in 1978 and finished his degree at the University of San Francisco majoring in Theology and Philosophy. His background had been in agriculture and winemaking and his heart and mind was still in those worlds. This passion lead him to Domaine Chandon in Yountville where he specialized in grafting vines and eventually into the cellar. He ended up as assistant winemaker after finishing his enology degree at UC Davis.

Hossein worked his way up the wine ladder until he partnered with another winemaker, Bob Goyette, in 2005 and founded Steven Vincent Wines. The wines were some of the best we've tasted and naturally became one of their first customers. Goyette's experience with such luminary wineries as Calera, Ridge, Benziger, and Kistler had already made him a superstar. Steven Vincent only enforced his image. Goyette's success with grapes from Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Cruz made him more intent on making wines from Napa. Pars is the culmination of that desire. He loved the intensity of cool climate grapes, which are easier to find in Monterey and Sonoma than Napa. But, that didn't mean they didn't exist.

His quest took him high above the valley to Atlas Peak and the very cool Carneros regions. It's what accounts for the deep concentration of dark fruits, white pepper, smoke and cedar. The wine was aged in French and American oak, 30% of which was new. The result is a towering wine with fruit and spice to spare and share with roast beef or wild boar.

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