Winter Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2005
There’s nothing cold about Winter Cabernet. Only 700 cases produced and consecutive 95pt scores from Robert Parker as well as rousing support from Napa Valley insiders (i.e. French Laundry), Winter Cabernet is being regarded by many as Napa Valley’s hottest new release. It’s the kind of story you love to hear, Rob Winters, home builder, studio musician, Renaissance man has two full vintages of Winter Cabernet under his belt and looks to be ‘building a reputation’ as one of the best Napa Valley has to offer. Each wine has been awarded by critic Robert M. Parker with 95pts. It’s a feat that is tough to achieve for the most established wines, but, to ostensibly ‘hit the ball out of the park’ your first two times at bat…you’ve got to be doing something special. Rob Winters’ home vineyard is on a confluence of York Creek at the base of Spring Mountain. A region known for rich tannins, enormity of fruit and wines that will stand the test of time, Winter Cabernet offers “black currants, licorice, graphite, forest floor, and spice box with sweet tannin, good acidity and superb fruit”. (RP) The trick to creating such a magnificent bottling (where few have reached such accolades) is in managing the tannins and developing the fruit. With friends in high places Rob teamed Jim Barbour (vineyard manager to the stars) and Helen Mawson from Hundred Acre to vinify the wine. Winter has the necessary trio of elements to create world class wines and the out come…for a very lucky few to find out. There will be many winters to come with this Cabernet as it will cellar for 15-20 years with the greatest of ease.
An intensely fragrant first pour gives way to what appears to be nothing short of an immense wine. Deep dark red/purple appears close to black in the glass. Well developed black fruits, cocoa, olive tapenade, and toasted oak coat the palate. Sweet tannins wrap the fruit in such a way that this wine will age gracefully for close to two decades. Low production (700 cases) and back to back 95pt scores from Robert Parker make this one of the most exciting new wines in Napa Valley most will never try...