Grapes for this red come from a historic site located at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains on the western edge of Napa Valley. Named for its former owners, the 60-acre Hewitt Vineyard was originally planted in the 19th century, and its fruit has been the backbone of many great Cabernets. Winemaker Chris Cooney, under the tutelage of Napa wine veteran Tom Rinaldi, sorts the grapes first as clusters, then as individual berries, to achieve this plush, full-bodied Cabernet.
Tasting Note: Deliciously pure, rich and deep, featuring tiers of spicy red berry, blackberry, and red and black licorice flavors, with pretty wilted rose scents and a long seamless finish that slowly reveals an underlying tannic grip. Drink now through 2026. –James Laube
Special Designation: Highly Recommended
Region: Napa Valley, California
Issue Date: Nov. 15, 2013