Do Napa Valley Wines Belong in a Cellar?
Napa Valley’s St. Helena Star newspapers brought a small group of winemakers, wine writers and wine enthusiasts together at Monica and David Steven’s 750 Wines shop in St. Helena to discuss collectible Cabernet Sauvignons from Napa Valley. The urban-chic shop specializes in near-impossible-to-get Napa Valley wines.
A number of iconic labels, and several generally sought out by collectors, were presented to taste. The selections were not meant to be an all-inclusive list, but examples to stir discussion. At the heart of the gathering was the question: do Napa Valley wines belong in a collector’s cellar?
Guests went straight to the question of age-ability. Grand Cru Bordeaux wines would top their list of age worthy choices, along with Burgundy and premium Barolo. While Napa Valley has created an incredibly strong brand with wines among the best in the world, there was concern for the way many of the top wines would mature.
There is no question that Napa Valley has produced balanced wines that can mature well. From Inglenook to Heitz to Louis Martini, there are many decades-old Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon wines that, when opened, reveal gracefully aged wines.
With the use of different vineyard practices and production methods as well as the different wine styles being crafted today, we can only guess at how Napa Valley’s wines will mature in the bottle.
Discover their findings as well as their tasting list at the drinks business.