Cattleya Wines Meeting With The Mentor Cabernet Sauvignon 2018

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Born from prehistoric volcanic soils of the Coombsville AVA, this wine showcases motes of blackcurrant, mocha, and cigar box encapsulated in an inky core. Well-structured, and incredibly fresh in its youth, the wine envelops the palate with dense, concentrated flavors of macerated blackberry, dark chocolate, and coffee. Persistent, fine-grained tannin and focused acidity create an impossible long, lingering finish that suggest this will reward the senses into the coming decades.

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Jeb Dunnuck
Coming from a site in Coombsville, which is a cooler region of the valley, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Meeting With The Mentor reveals a vivid purple color as well as an Haut-Brion-like bouquet of cassis, unsmoked tobacco, lead pencil, gravelly earth, and chocolate. This carries to a full-bodied, incredibly elegant Cabernet that, again, has a Pessac-like elegance and purity, with ultra-fine tannins, no hard edges, and a beautiful sense of elegance paired with richness. It reminds me of some of the old school Cabernets from Napa Valley and is going to evolve for upwards of 30 years or more.
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Cattleya Wines, California
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Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.

In her words: Since my early teenage years, my dream has been to make wine.

At a very young age I was fortunate enough to begin learning how to make wine in France. I trained myself while working with some amazing winemakers who showed me the importance of loving the land, how to respect the farming itself, and to focus on the many details that go into making each drop of wine in each and every bottle.

While studying in Bordeaux and Cognac I learned the required viticulture, enology and microbiology (“wine science”); but most importantly, I was also exposed to the many rituals involved in winemaking–things like pruning, harvesting and bottling–that feel so special and meaningful each season. I told myself that one day a bottle of wine would be infused with the longings of my soul through fruit produced from a specific terroir that spoke to my heart. That place I have found.

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Coombsville Wine

Napa Valley, California

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Situated in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley in the Vaca range, the vineyards of the Coombsville AVA enjoy a long growing season mitigated by cool, San Pablo Bay fog.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

DMD156126_2018 Item# 721810

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