The Essential Guide to Napa Valley Cabernet



A wine seminar in Delafield on Thursday, March, 12, 6 to 7:30 pm.


Napa is truly a great place to grow Cabernet. At this tasting, we will explore Napa’s history, its vastly different terroirs, and its winemaking styles, in an exciting chance to organize your next vacation to Napa via a wine tasting!

Our first flight begins with a time-travel trip through Napa’s historic properties. While most people think of Napa as a young wine region, its roots stretch back almost two centuries in producing high-quality Cabernet. This trip back provides us with the lineaments for a great tasting and the structure of what is to come.

The second flight looks at Napa Valley appellations from north to south and compares them to Napa’s three dominant soil types – alluvial, fluvial and volcanic. We trace the appellations and soil types into the wines’ flavors and palates, highlighting how you, as the end consumer, can understand how a wine will taste even before you purchase that bottle.

Finally, we examine the human factor. Winemakers do make a difference and in Napa, that difference can be huge. From the ultra-ripe to the ultra-lean, Napa’s winemaking traditions are at their most divergent.

For the Napa enthusiast, or the casual imbiber wanting to explore, this is a tasting not to miss.

Wines to be tasted:

2016 BV Rutherford Cabernet $45

2016 BV George de Latour $150

2014 Inglenook 1882 $55

2015 Groth Oakville Cabernet $65

2017 Chappellet Signature Pritchard Hill Cabernet $70

2016 Cade Howell Mountain Cabernet $110

2016 Cliff Lede Stag’s Leap District Cabernet $80

2016 Adaptation by Odette Napa Cabernet $70

2016 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet $70

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