Reynolds Family Cabernet Stags Leap District Reserve 300 Series 2020, Napa Valley, California

Reynolds Family Winery is a family business. Reynolds’ wines are driven by superior vineyard location, fanatical vineyard management, minimalist winemaking and a penchant for learning from experience. The team believes in harvesting at the peak of ripeness to create wines that are intensely flavored, luscious and approachable on release. While the winery isn’t as big or as famous as some of the wineries down the road, that suits the team just fine. Since inception, Reynolds Family Winery has taken the mustard flower as their emblem. Mustard grows wild in Napa Valley, so it is easy to take for granted. But for the Reynolds family, it is more than a plant – it is a symbol of faith and a metaphor for the value of hard work. With one of the more creatively designed and intriguing labels in Napa Valley, Reynolds’ Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon bottles feature a hand-pressed imprint of a mustard flower bloom. Even more remarkably, every label features a unique mustard flower. 2019 vintage: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils are Bressa Dibble and Bale Loam. Bressa Dibble is a loamy well drained soil complex over weathered sandstone. The Bale Loam is composed of gravelly and sandy alluvium, which make its sloping alluvial fans. The vines are clone 7 on 110R Rootstock. Winemaker;s notes: Hailing from world-famous Stag’s Leap District in Napa Valley, known for its silky tannins, the wine spends 24 months resting in a barrel, followed by a minimum of another two years of bottle age. Stunning aromatics of dark cherry, cassis, coffee beans and creamy vanilla waft from the glass. The palate offers an abundance of black cherry, blackberry and ripe plum with layers of silky chocolate ganache, framed by a solid spine of acidity and a tight core of savory essences. This everlasting finish suggests a decidedly cellar worthy offering.