Napa’s Best and Brightest
Collector Alert! 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. Leading the pack is San Francisco Chronicle’s Winemaker of the Year and 100-point Parker winemaker Dan Petroski (Massican and Larkmead), Stéphane Vivier (Hyde de Villaine) who trained under Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s Aubert de Villaine, and Master Sommelier and Harlan alumnus Jason Heller. This “Band of Vintners” worked their deep Napa connections to score fruit from a historic vineyard in St. Helena whose wines regularly fetch $125 per bottle, and can boast of more than one wine rated 100 points from Robert M. Parker Jr. himself. Powerful and plush, this Napa Cabernet of this quality and of this pedigree is brilliant value elsewhere at $45, from Wine Access today it’s a downright steal at just $34.99 per bottle.
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.