2015 Terlato Angels’ Peak Right Bank Bordeaux Style Blend
Why this deal happened, I don’t know. How it happened? I was emailed a spreadsheet, saw it there, and jumped all in. Here’s what I know:
Terlato Wine International is a prestigious wine marketing agent that a decade or so ago wanted to get into the game of making wine themselves. One of the many properties they bought is Chimney Rock in Napa Valley (along with Rutherford Hill). There, the Terlatos produce – of course – Chimney Rock, one of Napa’s highest-rated Cabernets.
Along with these Cabernets, Anthony Terlato decided to produce Bordeaux-styled blends from Napa. As the winery notes, “When he began producing his own wine in California, Anthony Terlato wanted to pay tribute to some of his favorite Bordeaux families and their wines with a special selection of Bordeaux varietal blends. Thus, the ‘Peak Series’ of Napa Valley Bordeaux blends was born. Angels’ Peak is the first blend in the series, following the traditions and methods of Pomerol.”
Essentially, the Terlatos use Chimney Rock to produce these brands, and I don’t think that is a bad thing – Chimney Rock gets the best of the best Cabernets. Terlato’s eponymous wines (what you have here) were developed to be the best of the best that Napa could produce in Bordeaux-style blends – here, a Right Bank Blend. Yes, it’s a business plan. But wine is big business in California, and the Terlatos are some of the best at it.
Here is some darn powerful, enchanting wine. Aromas of ripe black fruits – blackberries, currants, and figs—intermix with savory spices of spicy oak, wood smoke, graphite and truffle that delve deep into the palate and develop into a silky and elegant finish. This wine is ripe like a true Pomerol, offering that massive intensity and structure, balance and grace.
The savvy among you will appreciate two more things. First, only 500 cases of this irresistible beauty were produced. Second, this is back-vintage 2015, meaning it’s peaking and right at the apex of awesome wholeheartedness and fully open for business right now.
Why a major player in the world of wine decided to “move along” one of their most prestigious wines, I don’t know. But when I saw the price, I stopped asking questions and started drinking.