2013 Premiere Napa Valley Taplin Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box
"Much like his mentor, Philippe Melka, Julian Fayard began his career in Bordeaux. After working (and for a short time, living there as well) at Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte, Fayard also emigrated to Napa Valley where he would meet Melka during their time at Quintessa. Melka was so impressed with Fayard that he asked him to join his consulting firm, Atlelier Melka, where he was Director of Winemaking, and over seeing many of his top projects like Lail, Gemstone and Dalla Valle. Fayard decided to branch out on his own, and clearly made the right decision. This gorgeous effort clearly shows his time in Bordeaux, as this really captures the dusty, savory side of Napa, yet has the plush, layered, complex fruit character that a talented winemaker will bring to any great project. This is more than just a winery to watch, but a superstar winemaker as well."