This is the time of year we pull out those special bottles from the cellar we’ve been saving for a significant occasion. Wine is meant to be shared with those we love! But before you know it, the wine cellar starts looking a bit empty, and it’s time to restock.
We asked Dario Sattui, owner of V. Sattui Winery, what wines he would choose to stock in his cellar (we limited him to just four!). Here are his top choices.
Paradiso is our Bordeaux-style red blend, and this vintage has been praised for tasting as good as a high-end Bordeaux, but with a much more palatable price. Included in its long list of awards is “Wine of the Year” and “Best Red Wine”, earning 97 points and a platinum medal at the Critics Challenge. This wine is great now, but within the next 7-10 years it will get even better.
2012 was an exceptional year for growing grapes in the Napa Valley. Near perfect weather conditions created a rare combination of high quality fruit and an abundant crop. In addition, this wine comes from an area with rugged mountain terrain and conditions that demand handcraftsmanship at the highest level. Brooks Painter, our Director of Winemaking, has done an excellent job with this one.
Selected as the “Wine of the Year” and the “Best Cabernet Sauvignon” with a score of 98 points at the 2015 Monterey International Wine Competition, this is definitely a Napa Valley cab you want to add to your cellar.
This wine is fabulous right now and will bring even greater rewards 10 years down the road.
2013 Morisoli Cabernet
This wine comes from Gary & Melody Morisoli’s Vineyard located in the heart of the famed “Rutherford Bench”. Gary is a third-generation farmer on this property, a special part of Napa Valley where some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley is grown. Our 2013 vintage has not yet been released to the public, but it’s already been awarded 97 points and named “Best of Class” and “Best Red Wine” in the 2016 Monterey Wine Competition. Look for this wine’s release in early 2017 and make some room to save it for the next 10-15 years.
2012 Reserve Merlot
The elegance and concentration of our 2012 Merlot inspired us to bottle a small barrel selection separately as a “Reserve” wine. It has a very deep ruby-purple color in the glass, and sweet, red berry fruit aromas explode in the nose. This wine shows layers of aromas and a depth of flavor seen only in great vintages, and the 2012 was definitely a vintage to remember, with near perfect weather conditions for growing grapes in the Napa Valley.
Judges at the San Diego International Wine Competition awarded this wine a Platinum medal and 94 points. We plan to release our 2012 Reserve Merlot at our Winemaker’s Dinner in May 2017, and we suggest enjoying this wine over the next 8-10 years.