2013 Premiere Napa Valley Signorello Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvee Athena
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box
"Signorello broke on to our radar last year at Premiere Napa Valley, and we were even more impressed this year. One of the biggest changes for this estate in the last 5 years was bringing in superstar consultant winemaker Luc Morlet. Working with Signorello's long time wine maker Pierre Birebent, they took Signorello to a whole other level. The results have showed up prominently in the pages of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, as they been consistently hitting in the mid-90s. With Pierre's knowledge of the vineyard, and Luc's incredible knowledge of California winemaking, they have crafted a gorgeous red that is 100% Cabernet from vines planted in 1990. Those deep roots extract maximum flavor and complexity in the wines, and Luc brings the grace and opulence to Cabernet that he has done for other great wineries like Staglin Family and Peter Michael. This wine has tons of life to it, and really has a wonderful combo of complexity and purity, as well as plenty of structure for this wine to age for 25+ years. This was an incredibly exciting lot for us. Total production is 10 cases."