About the Wine
Daniel Ray Manies (DRM) has an extraordinary winemaking resume. After 10 years working in the cellars at Robert Mondavi working alongside Tim Mondavi, in 1991 he became the first Master Cellarman for Opus One, hands-on at the start of the world-renowned iconic wine. A decade later, he took his skills to Bordeaux’s world-famous Baron Philippe de Rothschild, one of Opus One’s parent wineries, and further enriched his winemaking knowledge.
After his experience in Bordeaux, Daniel returned to Napa, first launching Chateau Manzanita Winery and finally DRM Winery, the culmination of 40 years of winemaking experience in two of the world’s premier wine regions– Napa and Bordeaux. He has devoted his entire life to the pursuit of making great wines, and his passion and sincere love for the work eventually led him to follow his intuition and create his own signature wines.
If anyone knows Cabernet Sauvignon, is Daniel. He demands quality fruit for his wines and ensures he gets it from well-attended vineyards cared for under the best of conditions. Extremely selective in choosing Cabernet grapes, he sources from small, private, Napa vineyard owners who personally give their vines the loving care and attention that large commercial vineyard growers cannot afford.
Add to all of that a 2016 Napa vintage that was outstanding for reds, and the result is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon–a blend from three of those small, private vineyards–that’s made in a bold, rich Bordeaux style yet is lean and extremely elegant on the finish.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 DRM has a light cedar box and vanilla aromas. In the mouth, it's peppery with black cherries and cocoa on the palate with a lingering finish. This is a more reserved style of Napa cab and people who love Bordeaux will appreciate this wine.
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