Wines of Origin
V. Sattui Winery, recently shared some insights on the state of the industry. He also dropped a few of V. Sattui's 45 (whoa!) different bottlings in the mail. Originally founded in 1885, V Sattui is a long-lived institution in Napa Valley...
Tom is a very approachable guy. Generous with his time and eager to engage, we put a simple question to him: Is V. Sattui immune from the price pressures being put on high-end wineries today? After all, most of their wines fall below the $45 mark - the average for all wines produced in Napa Valley. For the most part, yes. Since the winery only sells direct-to-consumer, Tom says they've had the benefit of forging personal, rewarding relationships with their customers. This loyalty has helped them sell out - even during these lean years.
The nose on this Zin takes you back to the 90's when California Zins had real distinct character, structure, and balls. Though lighter bodied than expected, this one delivers. Layers of flavors and a minute long finish - yum. Bordering on serious.
2006 Cabernet Napa Valley Preston Vineyard $48
Text book Rutherford Cab in every way. Dark, balanced, big, nuanced, and dusty. Lots to love here. Better for having aired.