Jeb Dunnuck is one of the top wine critics and he is on record that this wine tastes like a $135 wine. We agree and the value and quality of this wine is unrivaled from the epic 2018 vintage.
Royal Prince is the brainchild of two wine industry veterans, David Green and Maayan Koschitzky. David Green is a former executive, having worked at established wineries like Dana Estates, Lede Family Wines, Joel Gott Wines, etc. David helped develop a number of estates into industry-leading juggernauts. Maayan Koschitzky is Philippe Melka's right-hand man in charge of managing the vast and elite Melka portfolio. Koschitzky also worked at two of the most legendary estates in Napa Valley; Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle. What happens when two wine industry vets join forces? You get one of the best value Napa Cabernets in existence.
David Green says, "We work with small growers and producers to gain access to the best cuts. And Maayan’s gift for blending allows us to capitalize on micro-lots and rare opportunities and build wines of character, structure, and elegance that best reflect the region and vintage.”
The turbulent growing seasons for upcoming Napa vintages, 2019 and 2020 have produced more questions than answers. The quality of these wines will be heavily scrutinized and reviewed under every critic's microscope. The time is ripe to stock up on quality vintages like2015, 2016, and 2018. The opportunities to capture wines from previous years are limited.
Aging: 20 months in 60% new French Oak
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A seamless, opulent, densely textured wine that is at once extravagant and racy in its precision, the 2018 Royal Prince is dark and almost opaque in color. It shows aromas of truffle, black cherry, and licorice. The wine fills the palate with amazing energy, leading to a deeply textured mouthfeel, and culminating with fine-grained tannins and an exceptionally long, lifted finish.
The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon comes all from Napa Valley and is 100% Cabernet aged 20 months in 60% new French oak. It tastes as though it costs three times the price and has a rocking nose of blackcurrants, chocolate, tobacco leaf, and cedar pencil, with a touch of rocky minerality and graphite showing with time in the glass. Not your simple, value-priced fruit bomb, it has considerable depth of fruit, building tannins, and a great finish. It can be drunk any time over the coming 15+ years. ~93 Jeb Dunnuck
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