Mission Codename Powerball
80% OFF?! Have we gone utterly mad?
Ok ok, it’s ONLY 79% you say. Still, that’s $138 of savings!!
Let’s be honest, we hadn’t heard of Brian Kosi prior to being blown away by this Cab either.
Then we did the research and came across this on the venerable Wine Business publication: “A graduate of the University of California-Davis, Kosi’s career includes positions at Acacia Vineyard, Opus One, PlumpJack Winery, Beaulieu Vineyard and Freemark Abbey.”
Add Cardinale, and Juslyn Vineyards currently. With that resume came the a-ha moment. We didn’t hit the Powerball jackpot, but we did land this, so we’re feeling pretty, pretty, pretty good.
After tasting it, we’re feeling even better. Inky, borderline neon ruby on the rim. Crème de cassis, blueberry, black cherry, violet, and spice dominate the powerful, concentrated, deftly balanced profile. With terrific purity of fruit, ripe, sweet tannins, and vibrant acidity, it’s a classic, textbook top-shelf 2018 Napa Cab to savor over the coming decade, at least. Slap a prime rib down next to it and you’ll be feeling like a king.
There is not much else to say, really, as the sources are kept secret here, but big, bold, bright mountain fruit is evidently there, along with lavish sweet vanillin from expensive new oak in line with the Reserve designation elevates this Cab to great heights.
No doubt, this will sell out fast.
What the Winery Says
2018 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
- Consulting winemaker
- Brian Kosi
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Napa Valley
- 100% Estate Grown Appellation
- Total Acidity
- 6.1 g/L
- 26 months
- 100% French Oak (33.3% new)