2018 Strala Vineyards Proprietary Red Napa Valley

  • Epic 99 Point Vintage ~Wine Spectator
  • "A Ripe, Robust, Balanced Cabernet" ~94 Decanter
  • Winemaker is Wine Enthusiast's "40 Under 40 Tastemakers" in 2019
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About the Wine

Strala: to shine brightly, emit rays, radiate light.Stråla Vineyards is the shared dream of Jason and Laura Ray. 

Jason, the founder of Napa Select Vineyard Services, brings over a decade of expertise in vineyard management. Growing up in Orcutt, California, Jason’s roots in farming run deep. With a degree in Crop Sciences and Ag Business from CalPoly San Luis Obispo, he established a high-end vineyard management company in 2005. Today, Jason is renowned for his exceptional viticulture skills, managing over 1,100 acres of prime vineyards in Napa and Sonoma.

Laura’s journey from Wisconsin to the West Coast led her from the medical field to the captivating world of wine. Winning the Master Sommelier blind tasting in 2011 transitioned her into barrel sales, and soon after, she and Jason met. Together, their passion for wine birthed Stråla Vineyards in 2013, starting with a humble 300 cases of red blends and cabernet.

At the helm of winemaking for Stråla is Maayan Koschitzky, a renowned winemaker from Israel who has made his mark in California. Since 2017, he has led the winery with innovation and expertise. In addition to his role at Strala, Maayan partners with Miguel Luna and Pete Richmond in La Pelle Wines.

With a background crafting wine at prestigious estates like Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle, and serving as director of winemaking for Philippe Melka's Atelier Melka, Maayan's talent is undeniable. Recognized as one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40 Tastemakers in 2019, Maayan continues to shape the future of California winemaking with his passion and skill.

2018 Stråla Vineyards Proprietary Red blend combines fruit from select vineyard locations, handpicked to deliver the best Napa Valley has to offer. The wine's vibrant complexity and rich flavors reflect the meticulous care and passion poured into every bottle.

2018 was an iconic year for Napa Valley. Wine Spectator blessed this year with 99 points and said it was a "Spectacular year, with wines that are rich and dark, but detailed, restrained in style and very terroir-driven."

Tasting Notes: Blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Reviews

A ripe, robust Cabernet Sauvignon with intense dark berry fruit layers, balanced acidity and a well-built structure. Ripe blackberry and black currant fruit intermix with fig preserves while feather-like fine tannins add a graceful palate presence. Finishes extremely long with sweetly-spiced cedar, touches of vanilla and chocolate, and savoury brown spices. ~94 Decanter

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