Verdon Estate

2017 'Reserve No. 5' Blueline Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Blend

Red Blend •Blueline Vineyards

California: Napa Valley

Offer Expired:Nov 05, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$58.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

V'er don lookin'

Gobsmacked. Definition: utterly astonished; astounded.

Yup. This wine came in like a wrecking ball and absolutely FLOORED us in the most positive sense of the word. And that was BEFORE we earned who made it. Then we saw the price, and every one of our value-seeking antennae lit up like Clark Griswold’s house during Christmas.

$22?

The disbelief approaches Carol-Baskin-didn’t-kill-her-husband levels…

Let’s start with the winemaker, Kevin Morrissey. The guy brings serious experience, starting his career at THE Château Pétrus of all places, before moving to Stags’ Leap Winery and then spending another nine years with Ehlers Estate (side note, you must try Ehlers if you have not). He’s connected, too, and sources fruit from prime vineyards around Napa Valley. Bonus points for his dedication to heart disease research, where he donated profits for all of Ehlers’ wines.

So, what’s it like? Well, it tastes exactly like a $60-70 Cabernet blend from Napa should. The blend of 50% Cabernet, 40% Zinfandel, and 10% Merlot may be unconventional but man, it works! The deep, polished fruit. The stout structure. The complexity! Ahhh… it’s all there. Black fruits at the core, plum, and boysenberry, with loads of savory secondary notes like leather, nutmeg, sweet herbs, and pepper and a smidge of chocolate and vanilla from the oak. The dusty tannins frame a muscular structure. Incredibly enjoyable now but should hold up well for years to come.

You could taste HUNDREDS of other Napa reds, costing upwards of $100+, and come up short on nearly every single one. After all, that’s precisely what we do. This will positively crush your conception of what a premium Napa red can be for $22. Get much as you can. You won’t regret it!

Tasting Profile

Look:

Inky purple on the rim with a deep crimson glow hiding within a near opaque core

Smell:

Black fruits, plum, boysenberry, savory secondary notes of leather, nutmeg, sweet herbs, pepper, chocolate, and vanilla

Taste:

Deep, polished fruit, stout structure, complexity, it’s all there

Finish:

Dusty tannins frame a muscular structure, long and incredibly enjoyable now, should hold up well for years to come

Pairing:

This creative blend is aching to be enjoyed alfresco, ideally around a flame, and your favorite grilled foods

What the Winery Says

Winemaker
Kevin Morrisey
Varietals
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Zinfandel, 10% Merlot
Vintage
2017
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard
Blueline Vineyards
Alcohol
14.4%
Aging
10 months
Barrels
50% new French oak
Production
3 barrels

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Nov 05, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$58.00
Avg. Price
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