- BlendCabernet Sauvignon
- WinemakerJean Hoefliger
- RegionCalifornia North Coast
- AppellationNapa Valley
AXR Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2018
As many of you know by now, Jean has made so many 95-100 point wines over a relatively short period of time it staggers the mind. Although AXR is a relatively new winery, it pays homage to the rich history of this area. The fledgling Napa Valley wine industry was just getting off the ground in the late 1800s. The original winery on-site was a successful lodge was in operation in the 1920s 1930s, operated by a Hungarian family. This lodge was called “The Madrone’s”, named after the plethora of Madrone trees scattered around the property. It is a beautiful spot just north of St. Helena...if you’re ever in our little Valley...go visit! Today, AXR is a partnership between four individuals (referred to as the FAB 4), including winemaker Jean Hoefliger, Don Van Laeken, Kelly Trevethan, and Mark Schratz.
But back to the lushness, the savory goodness here. Pure rivers of blackberry, dark cocoa, sweep plums, cedar, all wrapped in velvety soft tannins…honestly, it’s just a classic “modern” styled Napa cabernet for any serious enthusiast and an easy go-to at our superb price. Don't let this 95-pointer slip away, as it WILL disappear today.
PAIRING IDEAS: Cheesesteak subs. Mexican markets are the place to go for your thin-sliced ribeye or round, whatever cut you like, and they’re usually already done. Warm up some buns, sear some onions, add the meat, fold in some provolone or cheddar, and optionally top, with real Giardiniera (if you can’t buy it, make it).
MUSIC SUGGESTIONS: Traveling Wilburys seem to set the mood for this pretty well. Check out on your favorite service (or use a CD like we still do!).