Caterwaul Wines Regusci Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Stags Leap District|
We go back to the beginning with this brand, turning you all on to these incredible wines from the start. Thomas Rivers Brown and Matt Hardin are the masterminds behind this new cult brand. Each year, our allocation shrank until we now get a scant 12 bottles allocated. This is Stags Leap silk with the TRB touch, incredible purity and focus with enough structure and backbone to stand the test of time in the cellar should you desire. BRAVO!
Winemaker Notes: "What we got from this carefully selected block is a wine with no hard edges, a wine that tastes as it came from a million identical berries. There is great density, richness, acidity, and structure but all in equal proportion. This is new school Stag’s Leap opulence with notes of scorched earth, incense, spice cake, and licorice. The fruit profile here leans more toward the cool blue fruit side balanced by the tannin inherent in the vintage. This wine is so drinkable now but should easily go 20-30 years based solely on its density"... Thomas Rivers Brown
Caterwaul is a project between 6th generation Napa native, Matt Hardin and "Top Gun" winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown. Matt is a partner in Barbour Vineyard Management and is also married to Jim Regusci's daughter, so when it came time to source premium grapes, they found their favorite rows of Jim's prime cut of Stag's Leap District for this wine. Thomas and Matt had worked together for many years over many different projects and a friendship was developed. Out of that friendship the idea of working together, utilizing the strengths of the other, Caterwaul was born.
Coming from the Stags Leap region, the 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Regusci has a deep, opaque purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of cassis and black raspberry fruits intermixed with ample dark chocolate, Christmas spice, candied violets, and flowery incense. This rich, powerful Stags Leap Cabernet has full-bodied richness, wonderful purity of fruit, and a concentrated yet also lively, juicy style that stays light and weightless on the palate. Drink bottles over the coming 15-20 years.
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2018 “Regusci Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon comes charging out of the glass with cherry compote, baked plums, blueberry pie and licorice scents plus touches of underbrush and smoked meats. Full-bodied and concentrated, with a firm, chewy frame, it packs loads of baked black fruit into the mouth and has a lingering earthy finish.