Napa Cab Gift Pack
Tor Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 - $80
Blend of Tor’s top-end single vineyard cabs (To Kalon, Herb Lamb, Tierra Roja, others). In 2014, it’s mostly “Melanson Vineyard” on Pritchard Hill. 60% new French oak, aged 12-16 months. A lot going on here: smell and taste cassis, Chambord, black & blueberries, baking spices, yogurt, violets and freshly-opened humidor. Tannins present but unobtrusive, brisk acid. 20+ second finish. Jeff Ames, winemaker extraordinaire.
McGah Family Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2015 - $70
Blockbuster Rutherford Cab from longtime growers McGah Family. Vineyard’s on Silverado Trail, Valley floor side, Rutherford. Mike Smith, winemaker. (He has “The Midas Touch,” says Mr. Parker) Rich, seductive and luxurious: get ripe black currants, dark plums, kirsch, pipe tobacco, mocha, and allspice on the long finish.