Mission Codename Goosebumps
Frisson: sudden strong feeling of excitement, or thrill
Goosebumps! We got ‘em as soon as we tasted this.
As a social reviewer wrote, “put in line with heavy hitters and held its own”.
We understand what they meant. Because we tasted this alongside some BIG GUN Napa reds - Beckstoffer To Kalon, Dr. Crane, and several others with big scores, and bigger price tags to match. If you’re the type who loves those flashy Napa reds, but doesn’t want to shell out big bucks for a Tuesday night bottle, this is your jam.
This was a unanimous top-tier pick. At the $65 winery price, it CRUSHES competition way beyond its league. With our 62% off it’s a smash-the-buy-button kind of deal. Unreal value! While it lasts anyways.
Winemaker Wayne Donaldson crushed it with this one. No wonder he cut his teeth all around the wine world with a triumphant career for years, from Champagne to South Africa, from New Zealand to Australia, before settling in California to lead Domaine Chandon, Newton, William Hill, and Louis Martini, to name a few of the institutions he helped elevate to new heights.
His sidekick here is young talent Paul Colantuoni, who got bit by the wine bug after a degree in Chemical Engineering & Molecular Biology from Princeton (!) and learning the ropes in Tuscany and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, before working under Ehren Jordan at Neyers on Pritchard Hill in Napa Valley.
Front to back, side to side, this stylish little fruit bomb has more bounce than a ‘64 Impala on hydraulics. It hits ALL our switches - mouthcoating, ripe, opulent… like Hawaiian fruit punch for sophisticated adults (without the high fructose corn syrup!).
Mostly Cabernet with a bit of Merlot and Petit Verdot all sourced from Toucher Vineyards in Rutherford, it yields GOBS of blue and red fruit. Cherry compote, dark chocolate, red plums, and cassis for days. Just electrified with a ripe core of fruit and sweet bakery scents - like a room filled with mixed berry galettes or something. A little pencil lead and savory herbs with some toasty rich oak, too.
Wow… just wow.
Absolute madness at this price! A true crowd-pleaser in every sense, and one we are scooping up by the caseload for ourselves here.
Like a Hawaiian fruit punch for sophisticated adults!
Vivid medium ruby with purple and candy apple red reflections in the broad meniscus
Cherry compote, dark chocolate, red plums, cassis, electrified with a ripe core of fruit and sweet bakery scents
GOBS of blue and red fruit Mouthcoating, ripe, opulent… like Hawaiian fruit punch for sophisticated adults
A little pencil lead and savory herbs with some toasty rich oak, too, leading to a wow finish… just wow
While juicy enough to conquer a huge range of foods, a flourless chocolate cherry tart would fascinate too
What the Winery Says
2018 Toucher Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Blend
- Wayne Donaldson & Paul Colantuoni
- 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 7% Petite Verdot
- Napa Valley
- Toucher Vineyards
18 months 40% new oak French oak by Taransaud & St. Martin
- 5 barrels