The $10,000 Cellar, Part Three

Topping off the cellar with Cabernet-based wines


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Kuleto India Ink

I’m wrapping up my California Cabernet recommendations with one of my more recent discoveries, Kuleto’s India Ink bottling. Located on the eastern side of the Napa Valley, just a few miles south of Howell Mountain, Kuleto Estate is a relatively new operation producing a line-up of Cabernets from a patchwork of ridge top vineyards. These are really fantastic wines, but the India Ink bottling has stood out to me as the deepest, most mineral and potentially most rewarding example to cellar.

This is a rather massive style of Cabernet for my tastes. It is packed with sweet fruit, but there is so much minerality and structure here that I love going back for more! This is about as good as modern California Cabernet gets.

Kuleto India Ink $80

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    Apr 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM

  • Snooth User: wine o200
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    Just trying a Tardieu Laurent 1997 Bandol at the moment, yes rustic, but those tannins are fine and dusty now. Should go with the lamb strips, capsicum , tomato, caramellised onion and bonconcini, or perhaps one of your right bank Bordeaux might fit the bill.

    Apr 20, 2012 at 9:09 AM

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