2018 Cattelya Meeting With the Mentor Napa Cabernet
“The hero rises to the challenge after meeting with the mentor.
“Born from the prehistoric volcano soils of the Coombsville AVA, this wine showcases notes of blackcurrant, mocha, and cigar box encapsulated in an inky purple core. Well structured and incredibly fresh in its youth, the wine envelops the palate with dense, concentrated flavors of macerated blackberry, dark chocolate, and coffee grounds. Persistent, fine-grained tannin and focused acidity create an impossibly long, lingering finish that suggests this wine will reward the senses into the coming decades.”
“Coming from a site in Coombsville, which is a cooler region of the valley, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Meeting With The Mentor reveals a vivid purple color as well as an Haut-Brion-like bouquet of cassis, unsmoked tobacco, lead pencil, gravelly earth, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, incredibly elegant Cabernet that, again, has a Pessac-like elegance and purity, with ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a beautiful sense of elegance paired with richness. It reminds me of some of the old school Cabernets from Napa Valley and is going to evolve for upwards of 30 years or more.” – Jeb Dunnuck