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Fortune 1621, Cabernet SauvignonNapa Valley, California 2018 (750mL)

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Fortune 1621, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California 2018 (750mL)

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“Is an article even necessary? It’s impeccable, $32 Napa Valley Cabernet from the architects behind Darms Lane estate. Whatever your wine leanings may be, you must add this lush and powerful 2018 gem to the mix.”

“Fortune 1621” is a label created by the Bump family, whose estate, Darms Lane, is in the Oak Knoll district of Napa Valley. Formerly known as Crichton Hall Winery and focused primarily on Chardonnay, it was acquired by Larry Bump in 2002 and promptly re-planted to the “Bordeaux” varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc. In addition to their own Darms Lane wines, which are produced in tiny quantities, the Bumps sold grapes to a handful of other producers, most notably Spottswoode (for use in their acclaimed “Lyndenhurst” Cabernet Sauvignon). The creation of Fortune 1621 provided a new, more affordable showcase for some of that estate-grown Cabernet (more than half the blend) which is supplemented by purchased fruit from Oak Knoll, Rutherford, and St. Helena.

Comprised of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot with a soupçon of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, this 2018 was crafted by Darms Lane winemaker Brian Mox and aged in a combination of 85% French oak, 15% new, and the rest in brand new American oak. In the glass, it reveals a black-purple core moving to a vibrant magenta hue at the rim. Even if you skip the decant, there’s no mistaking this as anything other than opulent, beautifully structured Napa Cabernet on your first whiff. Powerful and intoxicating aromatics blast out of the glass with force: Black cherry/raspberry/blueberry liqueur dominate before subtler notes of cassis, wild plum, clove, cacao, tobacco leaf, crushed black rock, candied violet, and sage emerge. The mastery of blending up and down the valley, the light-handed new oak use—it all works in the wine’s favor. Big and showy but nimble and structured, this 2018 a pedigreed Napa Cabernet that demands to be consumed now.

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionNapa Valley, California
  • SoilSandy/Gravelly Loam
  • FarmingSustainable
  • Blend76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • OakFrench & American Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 65° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2025+
  • Decanting30 Minutes
  • PairingBraised Beef Cheeks

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