In 1984 Michel Rolland arrived the first time to Napa Valley as a young winemaker. Although he is widely considered the most famous wine consultant in the world, it was not until the thirtieth anniversary of his arrival that he finally realized his dream to make his own eponymous wine. MR Napa Valley Cuvee is a tribute to the Valley, which is now his second family, a land he knows as well as that of his native Pomerol.
Michel Rolland is a wine world superstar who has been working with winemaker Jean Hoefliger since the 2006 vintage to create world-class wines. With one of the world’s most famous palates, Rolland brings his extraordinary expertise to both the vineyard and the cellar. Besides consulting for highly-regarded wineries around the world, Rolland continues to produce his own wines at his estates in Bordeaux where he also directs one of the wine industry’s most respected laboratories. A major force in the winemaking world, his expressed mission is to help others make elegant, approachable wines.
Aging: 18 months in 75% New French Oak
Tasting notes: Red Wine. 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Malbec. Deep, dark cherry with touches of garnet and currant. The nose makes a triumphant entrance with a beautiful bouquet of cedar, touches of dark chocolate, spices like cinnamon, thyme, paprika lingering on plum, cassis, coconut, and clay. On the palate, there's a fresh but velvety entrance lingering on fine tannins and acidity with touches of boysenberries, starfruit, cherries, violet, pansy, and raspberries.
Blackberries and blueberries with hints of fresh herbs. Some black olives. Medium to full body, integrated and polished tannins, and a beautiful, fruity, and polished finish. Best wine ever from here. A blend of mostly Cabernet Sauvignon with tinges of Cabernet Franc and Malbec. ~97JS
From a myriad of top sites around the valley and a collaboration between Jean Hoefliger and Michel Rolland, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, powerful, full-bodied beauty that has lots of ripe black fruits, licorice, scorched earth, and tobacco aromas and flavors. It's thrillingly textured, opulent and hedonistic, with sweet tannins and a great finish. A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec brought up in 80% new French oak, give it 2-4 years of bottle age and enjoy over the following two decades. 580 cases. ~96+JD
A blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon with dollops of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon MR is very deep purple-black in color and gives up bold scents of baked blueberries, plum preserves, spice cake and mocha with hints of chargrilled meats, sandalwood, and dusty soil plus a waft of garrigue. Full, concentrated and packed with black fruit preserves and savory layers, it has a solid yet plush frame and very long, spicy finish. 580 cases produced. ~95+WA
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