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Chateau de Vie 2019 Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau de Vie 2019 Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Phinney-made de Vie...
Returns with a Glorious '19!
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Phinney-made de Vie...
Returns with a Glorious '19!

Mission Codename C'est de Vie

LAST CALL on de Vie today. WILL. SELL. OUT.

Dave Phinney! The man who single handedly reshaped the California wine scene with The Prisoner. Then he blew the top off again with Orin Swift. He’s been pumping out full throttle, hedonistic reds with authority and regularity. But this? It’s a throw back - one of his first projects. Something you’ll rarely see in the wild.

A 300-case-production boutique crafted Napa Cab from one of the best vintages in recent Napa history.

Sure, the normal $68 is quite fair for a wine of this caliber but today, at our discount? Madness!

Robert Parker proclaimed Dave “has the Midas Touch.” In fact, Wine Advocate recently summed the famous story up well “What started out as dark, symbolic imagery on the label of a pretty decent red wine blend at a pretty decent price snowballed into a full-blown, highly lucrative wine trend. In 2010, Phinney sold his “The Prisoner” brand of wines… Huneeus sold it to Constellation Brands, one of the world’s largest drinks companies, for a purported $285 million. Bada bing bada bam.”

He’s remained the master behind Crane Assembly’s many hugely rated (and accordingly priced) wines, and the superb value-driven Locations series. Not to mention his distillery and an upcoming fried chicken restaurant on Mare Island we’re pretty excited about…

But most people don’t know Chateau de Vie at all.

Although some of you old-timers may remember we offered another vintage of this wine years ago. It’s one of Phinney’s earliest projects, and to this day, one of his best. With such small production - you rarely see it anywhere - a small B&B up in Calistoga, near Tamber Bey and not far from Chateau Montelena. They make a small amount of wine from their estate vineyards, mostly sold on site, at select restaurants, or via the mailing list.

While we normally associate Phinney with a face-ripping, ultra-hedonistic, full-throttle style, these wines definitely take a more balanced and poised approach. If Orin Swift was his wild undergrad days, this is more like a mature graduate thesis. It’s powerful and elegant, but not totally over the top. Packed with a dense core of ripe blackberry, warm plums, crème de cassis, smoked meats, pencil shavings, all kinds of spice, and minerality. Just sensational. Heady and wonderfully balanced, a special Cab indeed.

Ready, set, GO Phinney!

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What the Winery Says 2019 Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Chateau de Vie
Chateau de Vie
Winemaker
Dave Phinney
Varietal
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot
Vintage
2019
Alcohol
15.4%
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard
Chateau de Vie Estate Vineyard
Aging
18 Months
Barrels
50% New French oak

About the Winery Chateau de Vie

Chateau de Vie Winemaker Dave Phinney
Chateau de Vie Winemaker Dave Phinney
Chateau de Vie 2019 Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Wine Bottle
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Chateau de Vie 2019 Calistoga Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Nov 02, 2022 at 11:59 pm
$00.00
Price Redacted
$68.00
Elsewhere