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We can’t say enough about this wine and it’s a great example of how BHW does what it does. Given the tiny production, you are unlikely to find this outside of the winery tasting room. Our insider connections and ability to source and sift through thousands of wines is how we’re able to introduce to you one of the best value red wine blends from Napa Valley.
Scalon Cellars was created by friends Jesus Espinoza and Cruz Calderon after they met in 2005. Jesus Espinoza spent over 20 years as a vineyard worker in Napa before becoming the head man behind the Coombsville-based, Scalon Cellars. Renowned winemaker Julien Fayard uses his expertise to produce wines that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics. Julien gained his knowledge and defined his core winemaking style from working at grand Chateaux in France such as Lafite Rothschild and Smith Haut Lafitte.
In Napa Valley, he’s worked alongside renowned winemaker Philippe Melka along with overseeing top Napa brands such as: Azur, Mithra, Brion, and Purlieu. Since its inception, this wine has been exclusively allocated to the tasting room and restaurants alike but it is now exclusively available for your pleasure and enjoyment!
Tiny allocation. Only 325 cases were produced.
Tasting notes: 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Franc. The wine is fresh and blue fruit-driven with a hint of herbaceousness. Aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, blackcurrant, coffee bean, fresh herbs, and tobacco leaf blanket the nose. The wine is remarkably well structured and polished with a touch of tannin and an everlasting finish. This wine tastes better than many $200 wines from Napa!
The 2017 Scalon Cellars red blend Priority is a bold, powerful wine. Super-ripe, inky dark fruit, chocolate, lavender, spice, and leather all run through this remarkably expressive red Bordeaux blend. The Cabernet Franc contributes good aromatic depth, while the Merlot adds body and the Cabernet Sauvignon wraps it all together around a firm, structural frame. The best feature of this juicy, extroverted red is that it will drink beautifully right out of the gate. ~92 Antonio Galloni
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