About the Wine
There is only so much you can expect from a wine, a rockstar founding team, a mindfully made product, and maybe on top of all that some good critical reviews. AXR has all of these, the estate is cut from the same cloth as Alpha Omega, just placed three miles up Highway 29. Winemaker Jean Hoefliger is constantly challenging himself to produce a better product, and critics notice. This is a wine full of depth from the start, ready to drink today, and able to age for the next decade.
AXR takes its name from the AxR rootstock (Aramond x Rupestris) that was so prominent in building the modern California wine industry, AxR#1 eventually succumbed to Phylloxera and most of California wine country was left as a blank canvas. Vintners now had a chance to replant and to rethink the entire structure of the vineyards; attention was paid to the terroir and unique varietals were researched. This was truly a turning point in the wine industry as we know it.
The AXR dream began with four friends sitting around a table sharing, dreaming, laughing, and occasionally sipping! The room was filled with an intense passion for wine and a good intention to be true to themselves and the history of Napa Valley: this is where AXR was born. By utilizing modern and innovative techniques in the cellar, AXR is able to extract the unique soul of Napa Valley's soils into wines enjoyable now, or many years to come.
Aging: 16 months in 40% new oak
Tasting Notes: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. The wine is a deep, dark ink with touches of ruby and Ferrari Red. On the nose, there's an explosion of cedar, salt, rosemary, and violet with lavender, roses, blackberries, and vanilla extract, along with lingering of tulips and blueberry pie. The palate is soft on the entrance evolving on a fruity mid-palate with touches of blueberry and blackberry jam, with fine tannins with plum and cherry pit.
An aromatic red with notes of ripe cassis and blackberries, flowers, chocolate, and cigar box. Full body, an array of plush, polished tannins, and juicy, delicious fruit. Long finish. 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot. Try in 2024. ~95 James Suckling
Mostly Cabernet, the value-priced 2019 Red Blend Proprietary Red sports a dense purple color as well as a gorgeous nose of pure crème de cassis, graphite, tobacco leaf, and classy oak. Rich, medium to full-bodied, round, and supple, it tastes as if it cost three times the price. Drink it over the coming decades. 3900 cases. ~93 Jeb Dunnuck
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