2018 Typesetter, Napa Valley
93 PTS, James Suckling
"An intense and concentrated red with notes of ripe blackberries, dark chocolate, wet stones and vanilla. Full-bodied and dry with an array of plush tannins, deep fruit and a touch of graphite. Long, velvety finish. Try in 2023."
90 PTS, Wine Enthusiast
It's a well-made red, with good grip and integration that shines in cassis and black cherry with tobacco notes. The palate is rich and firm laced with classic vanilla and mocha. Supple tannins support the full-bodied weight.
This Cab is a natural with prime aged New York strip steak or Filet Mignon with truffled mashed potatoes and balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts. It will do well with any grilled meat dish and it finishes very nicely with fine chocolate desserts if there is wine left.
This fine Cabernet Sauvignon was created from only very high end, hillside estate winery Cab producers in Calistoga (70%), Pritchard Hill (18.5%), Coombsville (10%) and Oak Knoll (1.5%). The wine was produced from three different estate sources and blended together to make a very complex, concentrated and dense wine that is everything you expect in a $100+ bottle from the Napa Valley, because this is what it is. From time to time producers fall behind in sales and need to raise cash which is why TYPESETTER was created. The Napa Valley is a small community of growers and winemakers of which I am a member. Winemaker friends offer me wine routinely before showing it to the market and when the wines are epic (which is often), I jump at the opportunity. To offer this wine at a cost 75% less than what it normally does is a great opportunity to offer unprecedented value to a market full of high quality, but very expensive Napa Cabernets.
This wine was made from grapes grown from low yielding vines at 2 - 3 Tons/Acre on hillside vineyards. The grapes were hand picked, sorted and fermented in small batches. It was aged in 50% new French Oak barrels for 20 months and racked 5 times. Simply put, this wine received royal treatment which is evidence is in every bottle.