Axios Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
A powerhouse collaboration between proprietor Gus Kalaris and winemaker Bob Egelhoff, Axios is a super-premium Cabernet Sauvignon of Napa Valley "cult" status. Axios, meaning worthy in Greek, reflects Gus' vision to craft a wine of Bordeaux influence that represents the richness of its' Napa Valley origin. This wine was proudly served at a reception hosted by President Bush at The White House in March of 2002.
The 2012 (once again 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, with the same aging regimen) is a sexy, dramatic, ostentatious style of Cabernet Sauvignon, with loads of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, some licorice, graphite, and forest floor. It is full-bodied, opulent, and sexy. Nevertheless, production in this vintage was average for Axios at just under 500 cases of wine.
Gus Kalaris ~ Owner: Gus Kalaris is the founder and owner of Constantine Wines, wine distribution and import company founded in 1986 that has enjoyed a great reputation for premium offerings. Under his leadership, Constantine Wines has enjoyed decades of uninterrupted growth. Kalaris founded Axios, a luxury Napa Valley wine brand in 1999 to much acclaim. The success of Axios has spawned the Worthy, Truth, Kalaris, and Telios brands. Gus, a Greek American, born in Washington, DC is fluent in the Greek language and dedicated to his heritage. Kalaris has received numerous awards and national recognition for his charitable endeavors and serves on many charitable and philanthropic boards including Cystic Fibrosis and the Cal Ripken Sr Foundation.
Robert Egelhoff ~ Winemaker: Robert Egelhoff is one of Napa Valley's most sought-after winemakers, with over thirty years of viticultural and winemaking experience. Egelhoff launched his career as vineyard manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards, where he worked for three years. From there he joined Bill Harlan's Merryvale Vineyards, honing his winemaking skills under the tutelage of Bob Levy and consultant Michel Rolland. Further credentials include positions with prestigious wineries including Bella Vista, Amizetta, and Robert Craig. Besides, he has coordinated production for over three dozen nationally recognized brands. In one of his career highlights, Egelhoff made the Wine Spectator 1997 wine of the year, the Cabernet Sauvignon Elevation 1147, for David Arthur Vineyards, which catapulted him to cult winemaker status. An essential philosophy behind Egelhoff's approach to winemaking is hands-on involvement in directing vineyard and winemaking practices while closely monitoring the results. For Axios, Egelhoff selects grapes from premium vineyards and oversees all aspects of the winemaking process, a close involvement that is founded on his exacting quality demands.
Plenty of pretty blackberry and blackcurrant character. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins, and a fruity finish. Drink now.
Big black fruit and cedar wrap around a stock of toasted oak and tannin in this integrated wine that is in decline.