Mission Codename Mouthful 8
“Buccella has swiftly become a top Napa Valley Cabernet producer… Celia (Masyczek) Welch makes some of the most sought-after wines… an icon, known for making big, intense, classic Napa Cabs for clients like Scarecrow, which has a waiting list for the waiting list.” – Food & Wine
Sometimes luck is on your side.
For example, in 2013 an unnamed couple from the Sierra Nevada stumbled upon $10 million in gold coins while walking their dog.
That’s almost as incredible as the blockbuster discovery you have before your eyes.
Because today we have a multi-year vertical of ‘Mica’ Cab to share!! Albeit a very tiny parcel of each, presented back-to-back as they sell out. And oh, they will.
For those who know, this is the “baby Buccella.” Some of you are old enough to remember when Buccella hit the scene 20 years ago. An OG cult wine that sells for $225 or so today. They rose to fame first with Mark Herold, then Celia Welch and remain a pillar of the modern Napa Valley scene, initially lauded as “Sexy, Pomerol-styled reds that bring to mind the brilliant Hundred Acre from Jayson Woodbridge… Kudos to proprietors Bill and Alicia Dean for such an impressive beginning.”
And the praise continued rolling in for the next two decades.
Mica is their second wine, delivering the super-lush power and style Buccella is known for - without the $200+ price tag! Originally destined for restaurants only, it’s not available anywhere, including via the winery. Certainly not on store shelves anywhere. Worth every bit of $135.
Our price? At $55 you’ll feel like you did something illegal to get it. Quite simply, one of the finest library Napa Cab you can find anywhere today. Maybe THE finest at this price.
At 14 years young you’ll be swept away with the power and youth still on display here. This has Jennifer Lopez type aging capability. The intensity and powerful core of ripe fruit shine, and the tannins have resolved into microfiber soft little things. Loaded with worn saddle leather, sweet pipe tobacco, jammy blueberry cobbler, and rich cassis, it’s smooth and lush and still retains a wonderful acidity.
Is…is this manna from heaven? Very possibly.
Mica has always been an under-the-radar project, no reviews exist. Just to guide you through, we’ll share the Napa Valley Cabernet vintage impression per Wine Spectator 2008 resulted in: “lowered yields but not quality; unique for its depth and concentration.”
Of course, by now if you’re still reading, inventory is dropping fast. So, get it while it lasts… and if your handle on CellarTracker is “zanzabar” who said “wish I could find more” - well, today is your lucky day. Assuming you move fast enough to secure these vinous treasures.
What the Winery Says
2008 'Mica' Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
- Consulting Winemaker
- Celia Welch
- Landon Donley
- 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
- Calistoga, Diamond Mountain, Rutherford & Coombsville, Napa Valley
- 22 months
- 100% new French oak