In Spectator’s Dream Vintage Tom Eddy Does it Again
Tom Eddy has been crafting brilliantly elegant Napa Valley Cabernets for over 30 years. The last six vintages of his “Elodian” Cabernet Sauvignon — arguably our top mountain Cabernet Sauvignon bargain for Napa Valley — have earned 273 perfect 5-star ratings and reviews. And in Wine Spectator’s “dream vintage” Eddy did it again. Every year, our allocation sells out in hours. Set to be released to the winery mailing list at $60 perbottle. We already let slip, very quietly 1,000 bottles, and Wine Access clients took them all. Still in pre-release mode, another 500 bottles of the 2014 Tom Eddy “Elodian” Cabernet Sauvignon from top mountain sites in Napa Valley are up for grabs — still at 50% off. Just $29.99 per bottle — highly recommended by the case — for those who missed the first round.
Today’s “Elodian” once again proves that an iconoclastic veteran winemaker can elevate even the most brilliant of vintages. But if you ask Tom, he’s always quick to credit everyone and anyone else, from the picking crew to the growers to the vineyards. “It’s the potpourri of multiple vineyards that is ‘Elodian’,” he’s told us. “During any given harvest, the ‘Elodian’ can be a blend of up to eight different vineyard sites throughout Napa, each contributing a different quality and adding to complexity of the wine.” In 2014, Tom sourced Cabernet from 10 different vineyards.
First there’s Bella Vista Vineyard on the nosebleed slopes of Diamond Mountain, providing structural backbone to the “Elodian.” The second mountain ingredient is the legendary Stagecoach Vineyard, which turns out some of the most powerfully concentrated Cabernets in the valley. Just a stone's throw away from there on Pritchard Hill, home to several of Napa’s most profound reds, Tom debuted grapes from Greeg Mountain Ranch, 1,250 feet above sea level. Elkington Vineyard on Atlas Peak, the third-highest in Napa and recognized for the cold overnight temperatures that slow maturation, imparts its signature acidity and hedonistic, dark-berry fruit. While Kate’s Vineyard in Oak Knoll brings black-fruit preserve character and robust tannin. “Structure,” is the only word Tom used, and the reason he sourced fruit from Manchester Ridge in Mendocino, Kerry’s Vineyard and Meyer vineyard in Calistoga, the Mazner Vineyard in Sonoma and the Arbor in Knight’s Valley.