GKG Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Original Price $154.00
Current Price $77.97

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96pts Jeb Dunnuck

Dave Phinney, founder of Orin Swift Cellars and highly sought after The Prisoner, has worked his magic again with this GKG Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. It's ready to drink now, or you can wait another 10 years. Our advice: this Napa Cab is a must have.

Dave Phinney met legendary Hollywood photographer Greg Gorman years ago and they struck up a friendship. Gorman has photographed practically every huge star under the sun, including Michael Jackson, Sophia Loren, Johnny Depp and Michael Jordon, to name a few. Phinney’s labels for Papillon, Mannequin and Funeral Pyre were all shot by Greg. Eventually they started this project together which is named for Greg's initials.

Jeb Dunnuck: "Made by winemaker Dave Phinney and photographer Greg Gorman, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is a terrific, hedonistic, ready to go blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Malbec, all of which is from the Lewelling Vineyards. Deep purple-colored with sweet notes of blackberry liqueur, incense and spice, a touch of floral and graphite nuances, it’s full-bodied, nuanced, and seamless, and best drunk over the coming 10-12 years (2018-2030). 225 cases." Dec 2017

Winery: "2015 Exhibited a warmer winter and spring than previous years resulting in an earlier bud break and bloom. With the continual drought and warm growing season, the clusters were smaller but highly concentrated. Consequently, the fruit was picked earlier offering up fresh, delicate and at times almost feminine qualities but with the underlying masculine personality of the three previous vintages. The 2015 vintage opens with gentle aromas of ripe cherries, cassis and hints of violet and sage. Its immediate accessibility on the palette offers up elegant notes of black cherries, crème de menthe and sage with an underlying belly of gravelly notes and minerality. As the wine expands on the mid-palette, the soft tannins and smooth acidity help extract the subtle notes of rich boysenberry, ripe cherry and plum to take center stage. The understated flavors of red licorice and tobacco help finesse the 2015 vintage to its long, elegant and complex finish. Best drunk at cellar temp and decanted for a half hour before consumption."

750ml, cork
Varietal 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, 1% Malbec
Aging 18 months in French oak, 60% new
Region Napa Valley, California
Production Limited at 225 dozen
Original Price $154.00
Current Price $77.97

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