Mission Codename Classically Beautiful
From the winemaker of Operative favorite Miss Olivia Brion, David Mahaffey, comes a reserve Napa Valley Cabernet from Palladian Estate Winery. David has been crafting for Palladian wines now for 16 years!
Because David loves the Wine Spies and our Operatives, he’s hand-signing every single bottle that you get on today’s Ultra QPR (quality to price ratio) deal! He’s also put a video together to talk about this wine, just for Wine Spies:
This dense Cabernet barely lets light pass through it, but where it does, it illuminates a bright ruby red wine. The nose is extremely approachable with attractive aromas of dusty bramble, spicy deep sandalwood, candied violets, and hibiscus, and fresh made strawberry jam. On the palate, we find it beautifully balanced between barrel flavor of allspice and molasses and perfectly ripe fruit of wild strawberry, red plum, and fresh fig. Crafted by expert hands, this Napa Cab is silky smooth, coating the entire palate evenly with a lush and delicious, well-balanced experience that carries through to a long finish. A perfectly seasoned rotisserie chicken would be ideal with this perfectly balanced wine.
This fruit comes from their estate winery nestled in the hill in the acclaimed Napa Valley town of St. Helena. There they dug the cave, where the wines age in ideal conditions. They take immaculate care of their estate vineyard, which they farm both sustainably and organically and the results certainly show in the wine itself. We can’t stress enough that a gem like this well made, small-production reserve Napa Cab is an incredible value at today’s price. This is the close of the vintage so don’t miss out!
Attractive garnet rim starting to show development while the vivid ruby core persists the test of time.
Dusty bramble, spicy deep sandalwood, candied violets and hibiscus, and freshmade strawberry jam.
Allspice, molasses, wild strawberry, red plum, and fresh fig.
Silky smooth, coating the entire palate evenly with a lush and delicious, well-balanced experience that carries through to a long finish.
A perfectly seasoned rotisserie chicken would be ideal with this perfectly balanced wine.
What the Winery Says
2012 Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Signed!)
- David Mahaffey
- 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc
- Napa Valley, St. Helena
- 24 months
- 33% new French oak
- 15 barrels