New Release: Lot 808 2019 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
Lot 808 comes to us from a Mount Veeder winery that’s been under the same family ownership for almost half a century, produced by a very skilled winemaker whose decades of experience led him to craft this expertly woven blend of different Cabernets from the best of Napa and nearby North Coast wine country. The wine is aged in 30% new French oak for 18 months before bottling, and delivers all the checkboxes you want: red/black fruit, superb cooperage, tannins, texture, and structure. Despite having all the pedigree and precision you’d expect from a winery that also produces Cab that sells for almost $200/bottle, this wine is available at a vastly superior QPR because it isn’t entirely comprised of Napa fruit – a supremely attractive bang-for-the-buck offer any way you slice it, and the very definition of “perfect weekday Cab.”
Deep ruby and beautifully extracted on the pour, the nose is a wonderful intersection of red berries, black cherry, and bramble fruit underpinned by new leather, fallen leaves, and eucalyptus. The entry is very expressive in its youth and terroir-driven, introducing tobacco, bell pepper, leather, and clay pot alongside medium acidity, framed by a multitude of medium well-integrated tannins. The finish showcases the cooperage in full – baking spices and vanilla uplift red fruit in long, dry waves.
Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting.