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

Reviews

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
  • AppellationNapa Valley
  • VineyardTench Vineyard and Sugarloaf Vineyard
  • Alcohol15.2%

Lerner Project Cabernet Sauvignon Project 18 Napa Valley 2019

Bordeaux Blends  |  US
JD96, WA92-94, IWR94

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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 prime Napa Valley real estate. He hired rockstar winemaker Russell Bevan and is well on his way to becoming the “insider” cab for those in the know. 96 POINTS!

Russell 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 75% cabernet sauvignon from the revered Tench (yeah, that vineyard adjacent to Screaming Eagle in Oakville!), and it is a total barnburner. The 15% merlot and 10% cabernet franc are all from south Napa’s spectacular Sugarloaf vineyard, at the end of the same Vaca range that journeys up Napa Valley’s eastern edge – with stops at Atlas Peak, Pritchard Hill, Stagecoach, and Howell Mountain. Good dirt, undoubtedly, and the cooling breezes of the Petaluma Gap make Sugarloaf one of the best places to grow cabernet franc and merlot in the entire Napa Valley.

If you like subtle, softly elegant wines, then keep on looking, because this is a massive, no-holds-barred, uber-concentrated cabernet with incredible polish and fruit purity...in the classic opulent Napa style. The winery’s stated goal with this pedigreed fruit is simple – to make the best under $100 Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon that money can buy. Did they do it? Maybe, just maybe, they did. The Oakville-ness of this cabernet is classic – rich, earthy core, beautifully layered dark berry fruits, and a highly-polished power waiting to be unleashed. The cooler site of Sugarloaf adds the lift – some pretty floral notes, some tobacco spice, and taut mineral, graphite-laden edges – granting a depth and expansive breadth to both the entry and the culminating finish. This is a monstrous wine that will age seamlessly for decades – and yet, it is remarkably up-front and delicious now even in its youth. The savvy collector will start with three, and seriously consider more...with less than ten cases remaining, fortune certainly favors the bold with this rare wine!

PAIRING IDEAS: Stir-fried Flank Steak with Yellow Onions – perfect. We make rice, too, and add a bit of ginger and sliced garlic in the water (or better still, make the rice with chicken stock), and a kaffir lime leaf if you have it!

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.