The esteemed Robert Parker Jr. celebrated this area and helped make it iconic in the early 80’s. Quite possibly no neighborhood in wine today has produced higher quality, or more high scoring Cabernets from prestigious wine authorities, in the world. Oakville’s terroir, or more easily understood as the combination of climate, plant and soil, is undeniably the best in not only Napa Valley, but the best in all North America for the expression in the Bordeaux varieties raised there. At the north border of Oakville sits our chosen site, the 360 Vineyard, both owned and operated by the talented vineyard manager, Oscar Renteria. It is a gravel and loam soil type on the Valley floor, that while well drained, requires very little water allowing it to follow nature’s lead quite well. The vineyard was planted in the early 2000’s and today is producing wines that are truly world class. Brands sharing in the spoils from 360 include Chappellet, Sojurn, B Cellars, Frank Family, Venge and Darioush to name a few.
“This is a brooding black storm of a wine that begins with intoxicatingly rich black cherry, plum, graphite, with hints of vanillin and sweet tobacco. The mouth is a flush of mouth filling fruit and savories. Dried black cherry, espresso, vanilla and toast with the support of fresh acidity and very fine tannin for incredible length. The 100% new French oak support from Darnajou and Taransaud is perfectly structured for this 49-case blockbuster. I believe cellared correctly this wine will survive to 2039 and beyond.