Made from the same estate-grown fruit as the $125 “Reserve,” the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was, in years past, sold to some of the most prestigious wineries in the valley. In 2015, despite a voicemail full of inquiries, ACV kept it all in house, bottling the remainder of its precious mountain fruit under this new label at less than half the cost of the “Reserve.” When Antonio Galloni tasted it, he was blown away by the quality and value it presented. His review is soon to appear on Vinous, and when it does, this small production wine will be all but impossible to get a hold of. Lovers of fine Napa Cabernet should lock this one up by the case.
Between 2008 and 2014, the ACV Estate “Reserve” Cabernet Sauvignon received scores of 95 points or more five times from Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni. Parker gave the 2014 Reserve 95 points, calling it “a beautiful example of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.” The ACV Napa Valley Cab has the same exact origins as the Reserve — the estate vineyards, which are some of the steepest, and rockiest parcells in Napa — and while 2014 was undoubtedly a historic vintage in Napa Valley, 2015 has proved its equal, or better. Unlike 2014, yields were naturally tiny in 2015, making for massively concentrated, yet balanced wines.
The well-draining, mineral-rich soils at Todd Anderson’s estate yielded an exuberant inaugural release of the Napa Valley Cabernet. Boasting an aromatic bouquet of boysenberry, blackcurrant, dried lavender, and spice, with a rich, creamy palate loaded with black fruit, the 2015 Napa Valley drinks well above its pay grade. As under-$40 Cabernets go, this is one of the greatest we’ve tasted this year.