2010 Fiancetto Cabernet Sauvignon Sobrante Loam Napa Valley
 
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View of Pritchard Hill An Epic Shot at Pritchard Hill

Eight years ago, fresh out of UCLA, a young winemaker caught a break, landing a position at Phil Titus's side up at Chappellet. Chappellet's star was quickly rising and Ry Richards jumped on for the ride. He would never look back.

In what Robert Parker's Wine Advocate called an "epic vintage in Napa Valley," Richards lucked out, finally locking into some of the most prized Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. Not surprisingly, given the Titus tutelage, Richards would make no mistakes.

If you've never driven up to Chappellet, slaloming up the hills in the northeastern quadrant of the valley, you're missing Napa Valley at its most majestic. The mountain is called Pritchard Hill (though only Chappellet has the right to include the AVA on its front label), and it's home to many of the greatest addresses in Napa Valley.

Who rules the roost on Pritchard Hill? Pick your $300/bottle poison: Bryant Family, Colgin, David Arthur, and Chappellet to name a few. The names of the winemakers who have been seduced by the Sobrante Loam soils and the volcanic rock of the substrata, are of equal stature: Titus, Philippe Melka, Mark Aubert and Bob Long.

But in a 2010 growing season that would prove to be the valley's coldest on record, Pritchard Hill reached new heights. Bryant Family earned 97+ points from Parker. Colgin came in with one 98 and matching 97s. Chappellet came in at 95, as did David Arthur. Each of these epic Cabernets combined gorgeous black fruit intensity, superb vibrancy, and the elegant mountain backbone for long-term aging. Richards would explain why.

"The summer was cold, really cold. The vines were a couple of weeks behind. After the short vintages of 2008 and 2009, many growers on the valley floor panicked. As I drove up to St. Helena from Napa, I'd see crews pulling leaves, hoping that would help to jumpstart sugars. But on Pritchard Hill, we knew better and stood pat. In the end, it was by doing less, that we ended up with so much more."

When the heat spikes came, those that had pulled leaves watched as the exposed clusters blistered. Pritchard Hill was spared. When the weather again turned cool in late August, continuing that way right up until the October harvest, the sturdy vines on these rock-strewn hills eked out just a couple tons per acre -- a few of which finally ended in Ry Richards's gifted hands.

Richards would craft two 8-barrel 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon micro-cuvees, each drawn from the blue chip slopes of Pritchard Hill. The first, he called Sueno Profundo, which we offered in Jaunary. The early ratings come as little surprise -- a whopping 4.18 stars out of 5! Today's Fiancetto "Sobrante Loam" is a slight step up -- and ranks with the greatest mountain Cabernet bargains ever offered on WineAccess.

Deep purple-black in color with compact, finely delineated aromas of crushed blackberry and mountain blueberry, lightly laced with sweet herbs. The attack is rich, opulent and voluminous, packed with small black fruit preserves, laced with purple plum, all bracketed by the sumptuous tannins that speak so strongly of Pritchard Hill.


Tasting Notes

2010 Fiancetto Cabernet Sauvignon Sobrante Loam Napa Valley
"Deep purple-black in color with compact, finely delineated aromas of crushed blackberry and mountain blueberry, lightly laced with sweet herbs. The attack is rich, opulent and voluminous, packed with small black fruit preserves, laced with purple plum, all bracketed by the sumptuous tannins that speak so strongly of Pritchard Hill. Drink now for its primary fruit hedonism or, far better, lay this one down for 7-10 years. Richards's 2010 "Sobrante Loam" could use the rest."
-- WineAccess Travel Log


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