Thistle & Thorn Juliana Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Made from 100% estate grown fruit, this Cabernet Sauvignon presents unrivalled value for money in the Napa Valley. Everything comes from Juliana Vineyard that is owned by Stewart Cellars of Napa Valley. This vineyard is right in the middle of their other prized Slingshort North Coast and Stewart Napa Cabernet.
Family owned and run winery whose focus is on vineyard designated wines that exemplify the terroir of their respected vineyards.
From the winery:
"Thistle & Thorn came about because we wanted to make a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon from our Juliana Estate vineyard, in Pope Valley. The vineyard is fantastic and the quality sits in the middle between our Slingshot North Coast Cabernet and Stewart Napa Cabernet.
We first bought Julian in 1999. At the time, it was 3K acres with 1K planted acres. We got to work planting new blocks and replanting old ones. Ranch 10 was one of those new plantings. When we sold the entire vineyard, we kept Ranch 10, which contains the best blocks in all of Juliana. It also has access to a massive reservoir that contains 2.5 years of water, a nice hedge with climate change being such a huge part of farming.
Today, we have dialed in the vineyard so well that we use fruit from the vineyard in all of our brands, though Thistle & Thorn is the only wines we make that is 100% Juliana. "
With an ultra-bright nose of ripe plum, blueberry, and a hint of leather, the 2019 Thistle & Thorn Cabernet Sauvignon is deep and dark in aroma. Flavors of blackberry, blackcurrant, and balanced toasty oak line the palate of this classic, full-bodied Napa Valley Cab. The fine-grain, textured tannins lead into the long and lingering finish. Decant and drink now or cellar through 2026
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