Stack House Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 | Luxurious, powerful, and brooding
Luxurious, powerful, and brooding, through deep ruby/purple color. Stack House Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 explodes with bold and generous boysenberry fruit and wild strawberries, accented with purple flowers laced with cedar spice and tar. Plus, a juicy core with plenty of espresso and dark chocolate. A seriously good Cabernet that leaves you wanting more. Winemakers Anna Monticelli and Kimberly Jones receive rave reviews for their efforts
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The Stack House Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 is composed of coveted mountain fruit. While 87% of the grapes come from sites in the Howell Mountain, Spring Mountain, Diamond Mountain, and Atlas Peak AVAs. Which altogether makes for a wine of beautifully brooding character. In addition, 20 months in 85% new French oak imparts beautiful toasty and spiced quality. Of course, especially charming in a Cabernet that’s meant to be opened early and often. Hence, pair it with dry-aged steak, share it with a friend… however you enjoy it, Stack House is sure to impress.
A classic taste of Napa Valley!
So, it’s no wonder that Monticelli and Jones teamed up to create such a Cabernet whose first vintage Robert Parker called an “elegant sleeper selection and a terrific value:” Monticelli is a winemaker of spotless credentials who spent five years assisting Philippe Melka at Bryant Family, where they turned out several perfection-chasing 97+- and 98-point wines. That was after her stint in Château Cheval Blanc’s legendary cellars, and her turn as assistant winemaker at Seavey.
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92RP | Stack House Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2017 comes mainly from declassified mountain fruit. It is made up of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot and 6% Cabernet Franc, aged 20 months in 85% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it features bombastic notes of black cherries, crème de cassis and warm plums with touches of cedar chest, pencil lead, menthol and forest floor. Full-bodied, firm and grainy, it has bold freshness and tons of black fruit layers, finishing on a spicy note. 5,000 cases made.
Winemaker Anna Monticelli
Anna’s journey began at the University of California Davis, where she earned a degree in Viticulture and Enology. Also spending her fourth year studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. So, after completing her degree in California, she returned to France to work the 2000 vintage at Château Cheval-Blanc. Most of all very fortunate to work for their technical director, Kees Van Leeuwen, one of the foremost viticultural professors in Bordeaux.
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Anna then moved to the Napa Valley and spent two years as the assistant winemaker at Seavey Vineyard. And then working for five years as the assistant winemaker at Bryant Family Vineyard. Finally, in 2007, she became the winemaker at Piña Napa Valley, where she crafts single-vineyard designate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines and where she makes the Ilaria and Sergio wines.