2013 Premiere Napa Valley Notre Vin Cabernet Sauvignon
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box
"Some people are born in to wine, and some people are born in to wine royalty. Denis Malbec is definitely in the second grouping, as both his father and grand father both spent more than 40 years working at famed First Growth house Chateau Latour. Naturally, Denis would go on to become the winemaker at Latour during the mid to late 90s, before deciding it was time to move to Napa Valley to help bring more great wine to the world. Along with top clients like Kapcsandy Family and Blankiet, Denis also has his own label with his wife, May-Britt, and together they create Notre Vin on Howell Mountain. His Howell Mountain Cabernet is inspired by Chateau Latour, a wonderful hommage to his early life in Bordeaux. Clearly, if you are using Chateau Latour as your inspiration for your wine, it's going to be world class, and this wine is very bit of it. Definitely more Bordeaux in style compared to the other PNV wines, this wine shows that dusty, leathery side of Napa Valley, as well as rocky, rich component that compliments the savory mountain fruit characteristics. Tremendous structure lets you know this wine has a very long life ahead of it, and that it truly a Bordeaux inspired stroke of genius!"