Pompier Stands Side-by-Side With The Winery’s $100+ Wines
Whether you’re a Wine Access loyalist, or if you’re just tuning in, one constant has always been true: In the decade-plus since we sent our first missive, our commitment has always been to present a highly-selective set of wines, direct from the source. But it’s only been in the last two years that we’ve been able to relax some of the strict NDAs that have prevented us from telling you anything about the makers of some of our best Napa Cabernet bargains. The first time was with Delightful & Strange, and the second, while we hardly made a big deal of it—was Pompier.
Now, after another four months resting in bottle in our temperature controlled warehouse, we’d like to make a big to-do about it: The 2015 Pompier Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, our inaugural bottling of this label, is the first in a long line of special charity-based releases. What we can’t tell you is who our winery partner is, but we can say it is a benchland estate that has impressed Robert Parker, Antonio Galloni and James Suckling, earning more than a dozen scores between 90-96 points in the last five vintages.
What we can tell you is in the spirit of charity, they offered us a gorgeous lot of St. Helena Cabernet with all the pedigree of one of their single-vineyard $100 releases. Bold and full of class, with deeply concentrated black and red fruit, chocolate, and spice, the 2015 takes after the 11,000 First-Responders who inspired it—firefighters from all over the world, who battled last October’s fires in Napa and Sonoma. Rich and creamy, with fine-grained tannins, these barrels would have been totally out of reach were it not for the intention and spirit of this collaboration to show our appreciation.
2015 provided an excellent but short harvest in Napa, especially in St. Helena, where small fruit sets ripened to perfection under sunny skies. Twelve barrels, or just 300 cases, are all that were produced of our inaugural Pompier release. In the future, more Pompier wines will follow. As for the 2015 vintage, for every bottle we sell, we will donate $5 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
Tasted side-by-side with the winery’s $100 offerings, at $34.99 our Pompier Cabernet held its own, and then some. Just 150 cases left before the next release of this landmark offering. Shipping is included on just 4.