95+pts Parker Napa
Cab Under Sixty
This is No-Brainer Napa Cab
and if you think about it too long, it will be gone. St Supery has been making
great Napa Cab for decades and the recent hire of world class winemaker Michael
Scholz has sent their quality levels into a whole new gear. The master Michel
Rolland commented â€śMichael Scholz is on my
list of great winemakers from around the world.â€ť This 2010 St Supery Elu is valley floor Napa
Cabernet at its finest, hugely rich and complete satin on the palate and the
finish. If you love the great Beckstoffer single vineyards ,this wine will blow
you away with the price to match. This will fly!
Ă‰lu (meaning â€śelectedâ€ť) is the flagship red blend wine of this
prestigious, Napa Valley winery, renown for estate-grown Bordeaux varietal
wines. This highly-acclaimed wine is a blend of the five historic grapes
typically blended in the revered French Bordeaux wines â€“76% Cabernet, Merlot,
Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Over the past few decades, multiple
California winemakers have been producing incredible reds using the Bordeaux-recipe,
often carrying the legal â€śMeritageâ€ť (rhymes with â€śheritageâ€ť) wine designation.
The Meritage term was established in 1988 by a small group of Napa
Valley, California vintners, who increasingly were frustrated by the U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol regulation stipulating wines contain at least 75% of a
specific grape to be labeled as that varietal. Naturally, as interest grew in
creating these Bordeaux-style wines, which by their blended nature fail to
qualify for varietal status, members sought to create a recognizable name for
their high-quality blended wines.
St. Supery Estate Vineyards is a family-owned,
sustainably-farmed winery with more than 515 acres of both certified â€śNapa
Greenâ€ť (considered the wine industry's most comprehensive, best practices
program for land-use and wine production) and California Sustainable Winemaking
when it comes to Napa vineyards, two main categories exist â€“ floor or hillside
â€“ and each category produces quite distinctive flavors. The success of this
wine Bordeaux-style wine has always been greatly due to sourced grapes from
valley floor vineyards (pictured), which are somewhat similar to those in the
Bordeaux region. The Napa Valley floor micro-climate is always warmer than
those of the cooler, mountainous hillsides, thus producing plumper, riper
grapes. Worth-noting are the
Cabernet grapes used in the Ă‰lu productions â€“ produced in either one of
their two prized Rutherford (Napa floor) vineyards established in 1920!
But in the foreground is winemaker, Michael Scholz (pictured),
who was the 6th generation to grow up on his familyâ€™s Australian vineyard in
the Barossa Valley. Michael came to St. SupĂ©ry in 2001. During his tenure, he
has created the distinctive style that has made St. SupĂ©ry the benchmark
producer of Napa Valley Meritage. Oenologist and consultant, Michel Rolland
has said, â€śMichael Scholz is on my list of great winemakers from around
2010 Elu is a blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Merlot and the rest tiny
dollops of Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. This The fruit was
harvested in the cool morning hours, then crushed to tank where fermentation
commenced after a brief period of resting on skins. Warm fermentation
temperatures were encouraged to achieve the desired color and structure for the
wine before an extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing. The
wine was transferred directly to barrel for 28 months of maturation.â€ť
Michael Scholz (pictured).
red Bordeaux varietal blend has deep, vibrant purple hues. A complex nose of
blackberry and cassis laced with milk chocolate, mocha and molasses intertwine
with cedar and toasted vanillin notes of cellar maturation. Flavors of
blackberry, black cherry and bright ripe currant couple with vanillin and maple
and are framed by a fine tannin structure. This is an elegant, graceful red
wine with center, structure and charm.â€ť
95 pts. Robert Parker (October 2013).
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