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Pilcrow, “Hillwalker” Cabernet SauvignonMt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California 2018 (750mL)

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Pilcrow, “Hillwalker” Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California 2018 (750mL)

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“This chiseled single-vineyard Mt. Veeder Cab will put many cult Napa labels in the rearview mirror especially at its price. We’re ecstatic to get our first crack at the Pilcrow “Hillwalker”. It has the same alluring concentration and purity as their “Ghost Block” bottling whose recent release sold out in one day. Kudos to proprietor Sara Beer for bringing elegance back to Napa Valley Cabernet!”

Sara and Jonah Beer launched the Pilcrow label in 2014 with the mission to seek out unique single-vineyard Cabernet sites in Napa. What started with the “Ghost Block Vineyard” has expanded to include two new mountain wines: “Granite Lake” (Howell Mountain) and “Hillwalker” (Mt. Veeder). We’ll feature the Howell Mountain offering in a few months for the kick-off release, but we were fortunate enough to secure a few cases of the “Hillwalker” for the time being. Pilcrow’s mantra is old-school, low intervention winemaking to yield small-lot wines that are honest and reflect the terroir that they come from. “Hillwalker” is a quintessential Mt. Veeder vineyard with a perfect south-facing slope and unique blue-shale soils that adds to the wine’s unique chiseled texture. The Beers immediately fell in love with this dry-farmed and organically maintained vineyard. The 2018 is the most structured mouthfeel of their three offerings. Heady aromas of purple flowers lead way to blue fruit and pomegranate. Feathery streaks of bay laurel and savory herbs complement the gorgeous, dark-fruited core. There’s precision that accentuates the fine-grain tannin texture on the finish. Admirers of the throwback Napa Cabs of the 70s will appreciate this effort.  

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionNapa Valley, California
  • Sub-RegionMt. Veeder
  • SoilBroken Blue-Shale
  • FarmingBiodynamic & Dry-Farmed
  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon
  • Alcohol14%
  • Oak25% New French
  • Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
  • GlasswareLarge Bordeaux Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2032
  • Decanting60 Minutes
  • PairingRoasted Lamb with Rosemary

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