Royal Prince Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Napa Valley, California

Royal Prince Wines are the creation of industry veterans David Green (a former executive with Dana Estates, Lede Family Wines, Joel Gott Wines and Price Family Vineyards, among others) and winemaker Maayan Koschitzky (with Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle on his resume, along with current roles as manager of Philippe Melka’s consulting portfolio and his own La Pelle wines). “We work with small growers and producers to gain access to the best cuts. And Maayan’s gift for blending allows us to capitalize on micro lots and rare opportunities and build wines of character, structure and elegance that best reflect the region and vintage.” These are wines, he says, for Tuesday through Thursday night that over-perform and don’t feel like they’re splurges. They’re meant to charm and delight – “elements that are much rarer these days than these price points.” 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. A plush, opulent, densely textured, bull-bodied wine that shows loads of black raspberry fruits, violets, shaved cocoa with polished, sweet tannins. The 2019 Royal Prince Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is dark and almost opaque in color with aromas of truffle, black cherry, and licorice. Aged in 75% new French oak for 24 months, the wine is at once powerful and richly textured, exhibiting flashy acidity and great persistence in the finish.