By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.hallwines.com
Craig and Kathryn Hall are busy creating a place in the Napa area that combines world-class wines with contemporary design. Based in the hills of Rutherford, this winery has its own estate vineyards which grow Bordeaux varietals. This is the first wine I’ve reviewed from them so I was anxious to try it. Like many, I’m always on the hunt for good Cabs.
- Varietal Composition: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec, 1% Cabernet Franc
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Vineyard: A cuvee of HALL Vineyards and vineyard partners
- Barrel Aging: 16 months in 55% New French Oak
- Alcohol: 14.9%
- Price: $48 per bottle
Nose: Raspberry, cocoa, peppercorn, black cherry, caramel and red clay.
Taste: Nice combination of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and red clay on on the front palate. Its mid palate is a nearly perfect combination of fruit, tannin and acid – The finish lingers on with red fruit and spice for weeks. An insanely good value for a “Napa-priced” cab and is quite easily one one of the best Napa Cabs I’ve had for under $50.