The Best and Brightest of Napa Come Together
If we listed every accolade earned by the seven-man supergroup behind the 2015 Band of Vintners Consortium Cabernet, we’d have to write another 1,000 words before getting to the point. So, to the point: The charge is led by 100-point Parker winemaker Dan Petroski of Massican and Larkmead, Aubert de Villaine-trained winemaker Stéphane Vivier of Hyde de Villaine, and Master Sommelier and Harlan alumnus Jason Heller. In addition to off-the-charts skill and palates, the Band of Vintners has deep and sturdy Napa ties, which they used to score fruit from a historic vineyard whose wines regularly fetch $125 per bottle in an average vintage. But 2015 was anything but: Vinous says it is “shaping up to be a vintage of opulent, voluptuous wines with real personality and character,” while Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate ranks it at 97 points. Powerful and plush, the Consortium does its high-profile producers and its provenance proud. A Napa Cabernet of this quality and of this pedigree at $35 is a steal.
Many wine projects in pricy Napa have been founded on the noble goals of high quality and good value, but Band of Vintners stands apart, with such a large team of friends and respected pros seasoned in every step required to take their Cabernet from the gravel to the glass. On the winemaking end, there’s little they can’t source. On the business end, there’s little they can’t streamline.
Consortium is the result. With Petroski, Vivier, and Heller at the vanguard, the Band is just hitting its stride in 2015 — a Napa vintage that The Wine Advocate rates an “Extraordinary” 97 points, just one point off the “game-changer” 2013 season. Showing opulent richness, integrated tannins, and gorgeous complexity, this is the Cabernet that the Band of Vintners set out to deliver: A wine of unparalleled pedigree, at an unprecedented price.