Terroir Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | Lush & Memorable Classic Napa Cab Blend
Winemaker | Terroir Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 delivers an incredibly food-friendly wine. A classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and a hint of Malbec. First, a nose of blackberry, cassis, and chocolate with hints of vanilla. Then giving way to a deep palate of dark cherry, ripe plum, and mocha. Finally, integrating supremely ripe fruit, the outcome of which is shown in the deep red hue of our staple Cabernet Sauvignon.
Terroir Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 nose expresses lush ripe blackberry, currant, and French oak. The first taste expresses classic Cabernet fruit. In the mid-palate dark cherry, deep plum and heaps of ripe fruit lead to a long-sustained finish. A classic steak Cabernet, perfect also as a stand-alone.
Terroir Napa Valley | Gibbs Napa Valley
Gibbs Napa Valley is owned and operated by winemaker and label designer Craig Handly and his son Spencer. Craig’s first brand was Terroir Napa Valley (which are the wines we originally reviewed when we met with him) – in conjunction with the Terroir Napa Valley wines, he also made wine under the Sentall label. As Craig says, to use a name like this on his label – one must truly understand the meaning of terroir. Ideas for wine labels come at interesting times; he thought of the name “Terroir Napa Valley” when driving by The Grape Crusher statue located next to the highway just south of Napa.
So, the family owns two vineyards in the Napa Valley. First, the Cross Creek Vineyard is located in a part of Napa that few visitors ever see. A tiny valley (Pratt Valley) sandwiched between Howell Mountain and Glass Mountain just off of Crystal Springs Road. While this part of the valley feels like ‘old Napa. And not far from the main valley floor, now feels worlds away. Also, naming the Centa Vineyard in honor of Susan located on Lodi Lane. The property is in the narrowest part of the Napa Valley. Notably only about 3,500 feet in width between the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges.
Winemaker Craig Handly
Craig Handly became a winemaker by “doing” from hands-on experience. While learning from a number of well-established vintners in the valley. So, Craig remembers working with French Colombard in the late 1970s. In addition to helping make the Gibbs wines, Craig is also involved with a variety of wine-related projects. First, making wines for several producers and involved in a number of private label projects.
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|Why add this wine to your Collection / Cellar?||Lush & Memorable Classic Napa Cab Blend | Food Friendly and Ageable | Ideal for casual get-togethers with folks who know their wine|
|Why now?||Only 984 cases made | $28.99 w/$1 ship on 3+|
|WBOTD Cellaring Worthiness Rating|
|Expert Ratings||Unrated | 3.8 Vivino | Top 5% of wines in the world|
|What is it?||St. Helena Napa Valley Red Wine|
|What’s in it?||82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 9% Red Wine | ABV 14.7%|
|When to drink?||now thru 2026+|
|Pair with:||Red Meat, Poultry, Comfort Foods, Hard Cheese|
|Drink with:||Good Friends & Family|
|Occasion||Casual get-together with Roasted or Grilled Red Meats & Comfort foods|
|If you want to drink now...||Decant 60 Minutes|
|Recommended purchase Qty:||3+ includes free shipping|