2012 Troll Bridge "Password" Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend (Elsewhere $75) SKU #1413786

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Tasting Notes

Troll Bridge is a small boutique label and a collaboration between owner Allan Ezial and winemaker Jon Engelskirger. Allan, a graphic designer by trade, fell in love with wine while designing labels and marketing materials for some of the biggest names in Napa Valley. He recruited his friend and then winemaker at Turnbull, Jon Engelskirger, to make the wines. Together they went about sourcing some of the very best fruit in the valley. The 2012 "Password" Red Blend is composed of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, and 5% Malbec. Sourced from vineyards in Coombsville, Oakville, Rutherford (the names of which must remain anonymous, but are some of the most prestigious in the region). The wine aged for 17 months in 50% new Fouquet Margaux and D'Aquitaine French oak barriques. Just 250 cases were made.

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Wow - this is gonna be a huge seller here at K&L...at least as long as it stays in stock! Check out the backstory on this wine: Marketing / graphic designer, Allan Ezial, who has spent decades creating labels, brochures, websites, etc for Napa's top producers, decided to team up with winemaking legend Jon Engelskirger (Turnbull) to make some tiny production, high-end Napa Cabs. The fruit was locked down by Jon and is from VERY famous sources (that, unfortunately, must remain nameless) in the sub-regions Coombsville, Oakville, and Rutherford. The craftsmanship in the cellar is flawless and it was aged in the best cooperage money can buy. This is a powerful, rich, full-bodied Cab that is perfectly ready to drink after resting 18 months in barrel and 5 years in bottle. The fruit is still very primary and bold, yet the tannins have resolved to become soft and silky. It's got everything - rich decadent cassis and blackcurrant, bramble, sweet tobacco notes, scorched earth and is framed by very sexy (expensive) French oak that is now perfectly integrated with the other elements. This is absolutely in it's prime and drinking beautifully but has another 3-5 years in the tank no problem. Basically, you're getting a $75, perfectly aged, Napa Cab blend, made by one of the best winemakers in the valley, for less than half of the winery price.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    K&L Staff Member
    Trollbridge lives up to the second half of its name: it's got a style that bridges Cali red blends and more Bordeaux characteristics. It boasts of big bold fruit and acidity initially. Then scents of old leather, tobacco, blackberry, and cassis roll in. The palate comes on with tart cherry, green herbaceousness, and dusty earth. The tannins here are soft and friendly. This vintage is ready to drink now, but could also hang out age for a good while longer. Trolls can be tasty too.


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