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.