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Lerner Project Cabernet Sauvignon Project 18 Napa Valley 2019  - First Bottle


96 Jeb Dunnuck -
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Project 18 offers classic Napa Valley cassis and darker, almost blue fruits to go with full-bodied aromas and flavors of graphite, tobacco, leaf, and crushed stone. It’s deep, rich, and concentrated, with great tannins.
92-94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
Tasted as a barrel sample, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Project 18 has a deep purple-black color and pronounced notions of plum preserves, blueberry compote and cassis with hints of baker's chocolate, lavender and tobacco leaf. Rich, full-bodied and wonderfully pure in the mouth, it has lovely fine-grained tannins and impressive freshness, finishing with a skip in its step.
94 International Wine Report -
The 2019 'Project 18' is a fantastic wine. It instantly opens to inviting aromas of dark currants and blackberries which come together with spices, tobacco, herbs and hints of crushed gravel that all come together in the glass. On the palate this possesses a rich, voluptuous texture, with nicely integrated tannins. It displays notable depth and concentration through the long opulent finish. This is simply delicious now and should continue to evolve and drink well for a decade.

Technical Details

  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot
  • WinemakerRussell Bevan
  • CountryUS
  • RegionCalifornia North Coast
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardTench Vineyard and Sugarloaf Vineyard
  • Alcohol15.2%

Lerner Project Cabernet Sauvignon Project 18 Napa Valley 2019

Cabernet Blends  |  US
JD96, WA92-94

Wooden pallets. Yes, those that carry cases of wine all over the world! Stu Lerner was a highly successful pallet maker - enough so to purchase 91 acres of which 13 acres are planted almost entirely to cabernet sauvignon (clone 6), along with a tiny block of malbec. They were planted by none other than Dick Steltzner in 1983. He hired rockstar Russell Bevan, and is quietly becoming the “insider” cab for those in the know.

Bevan fans will know the vineyards in this blend – a barrel selection of fruit sources from two of Russell’s favorite vineyard sites, including Tench Vineyards in Oakville and Sugarloaf (it is worth noting that both Tench and Sugarloaf consistently score between 96-100 points). This year's blend is almost exclusively Tench (yeah, that vineyard adjacent to Screaming Eagle in Oakville!), and it is a total barnburner. If you like subtle, elegant wines, then DELETE this email, because today’s offer is a massive, no-holds-barred, uber-concentrated cabernet with incredible polish and fruit purity.

** We have just a few cases! ** First come, first served…!

PAIRING IDEAS: Stir-fried flank steak with yellow onions – perfect. Here’s a recipe. We make rice, too, and add a bit of ginger in the water (or make the rice with chicken stock), and a kaffir lime leaf if you have it!

MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: EDM fans? We’re old EDM people, and a cult fave, Crystal Method, has a new album - "The Trip Home". Not everyone’s cup of tea, but worth a mention if you are!

About the Producer

Proprietor Stu Lerner and his wife Karen have a deep appreciation for Napa Valley and the wines that are produced. They turned their dreams into reality when they created the Lerner Project and brought on Russell Bevan as winemaker. Their goals are to showcase the individuality of each vineyard and the unique characteristics inherent to each plot. The team is small but they all share the same passion and work ethic for producing wine that demonstrates the characteristics of the vine, soil and climate of Napa Valley.